SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men were injured after a fight led to a shooting at a birthday party for former ETSU basketball player Dequan Twilley over the weekend in Shelbyville.
The police department said officers arrived to a venue along Madison Street around 2:20 a.m. Sunday, where they found several rounds of various caliber ammunition in the parking lot and inside.
Through their investigation, detectives learned about 30 people were inside for a 30th birthday party when a fight broke out.
During the fight, police said someone tried to get a gun away from Corey Garrett, who had shown up angry and appeared to be drunk and on drugs.
“There was an attempt to disarm him when he began firing shots off into the ceiling and other party goers fired in his direction,” said Det. Lt. Brian Crews with the Shelbyville Police Department.
Garrett was shot in the upper torso.
“He made an attempt to get into his own vehicle and flee,” said Det. Lt. Crews. “He slumped over and there was another party attender who rescued him, put him in his vehicle, and started heading over to the hospital, but was ultimately stopped by our patrol division.”
Garrett was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. He was listed in critical condition, but police have said he is expected to survive.
He could face charges because investigators said he was not legally allowed to have a gun in his possession.
A stray bullet also hit Wayne Shelton in the left arm as he sought cover.
“It was just repeatedly going back to back – pop, pop, pop, pop,” Shelton described to News 2’s Josh Breslow. “I jumped behind the bar where they were serving alcohol. The bullet came through the cabinet of where I was laying, and hit me in the arm.”
“From the evidence collected at the scene, we believe that the bullet that struck Garrett and Shelton was fired from the same firearm,” said Det. Lt. Crews.
Detectives are having trouble determining if the shooting of Garrett was in self-defense because they said party-goers scattered as soon as officers arrived.
They are asking anyone who was at the party to contact Det. Sgt. Charles Merlo at 931-684-5811 or Crime Stoppers at 931-685-4300.