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Two dead in Shades Bridge Road shooting

Two dead in Shades Bridge Road shooting

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 6:19 am
By: Brad Gaskins, News Editor

[UPDATE: This story was updated at 9:20 p.m.]

Two men were killed Wednesday afternoon in a shooting at 246 Shades Bridge Road, about a half-mile outside Greenfield city limits.

Dead are David McAlister, 61, and Timothy Betts, 52, both of Greenfield.

They were killed by Eric McAlister, according to the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department.

Eric McAlister, 40, of Greenfield is the son of David McAlister. He was arrested at the scene and transported to the Weakley County Detention Center.

Investigators from the sheriff’s department were still  on the scene at 9 p.m.

Weakley County 911 received a call from a cell phone reporting a shooting in progress at 4:34 p.m.

At 6:15 p.m., several sheriff’s cruisers and unmarked units were on the scene, as well as three ambulances.

Yellow tape about 100 yards from the brick home kept spectators and at least two family members of the suspect away from the crime scene. Greenfield police helped secure the perimeter as investigators worked the scene.

A woman approached and told a Greenfield officer that she was the grandmother Eric McAlister and wanted to talk to the alleged killer, who sat in the back of a sheriff’s unit. The officer told the woman she couldn’t talk to him right then.

“I just want him to know that I love him no matter what,” the woman said, crying.