By Nathan Baker
As the search continued this morning, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said a man suspected of shooting two people during an altercation at a Mountain City residence and should be considered armed and dangerous.
“He’s got a lengthy criminal history, he’s a violent person,” the sheriff said of 33-year-old Richard Shane Mabe.
Officers were dispatched to Divide Road at approximately 2:10 a.m. Monday to the scene of the reported double shooting.
There they found Jackie Harless, 40, and Michael Laird, 40, both of Mountain City, suffering from several gunshot wounds.
Reece said witnesses told officers the residents of the home asked Mabe to the residence to confront him about a burglary last week, which they believed he may have taken part in.
Mabe arrived with a handful of friends, and an altercation ensued, Reece said.
“He jerked a pistol out and started randomly shooting,” the sheriff said. “In fact, one of the people who was shot, Jackie Harless, was one of the guys who rode over to the house with him.”
Reece said Harless was shot three times with a 9mm handgun and Laird was shot once.
Both men were transported to Johnson City Medical Center and are currently in stable condition.
Reece said Mabe fled the scene and led county officers and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents on an all-day manhunt.
“He’s got family all over the county, so he could be anywhere,” Reece said. “We’ve gotten a few good leads in the last little while, so right now we’re chasing them all down to find out where he is.”
The sheriff said Mabe was seen after the incident at an apartment complex, asking for a ride.
When he’s apprehended, Reece said Mabe will be charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.