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1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Tennessee’s Soaky Mountain Waterpark

FOX 13 Memphis WHBQ
FOX 13 Memphis WHBQ
 2021-08-01
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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — One woman is dead and another was injured when they were shot at an eastern Tennessee waterpark Saturday night, authorities said.

Updated 2:05 p.m. EDT Aug. 1: Investigators said Sarah Romine shot both victims after getting into a verbal altercation with them in the parking lot of the Soaky Mountain Waterpark, WATE reported.

Romine, 31, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, WATE reported.

Joshua Dannels, 30, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Victim Kelsy Cook, 24, was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The other victim, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, has not been identified.

Original report: Sevierville Police Department spokesperson Bob Stahlke confirmed that authorities responded to a shooting at Soaky Mountain Waterpark just after 8 p.m. EDT, WATE reported.

One of the women was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and the other was transported to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, WVLT reported.

The condition of the victims is unknown, police said.

Three people, including the alleged gunman, have been detained by police, the television station reported.

Authorities said an altercation broke out in the parking lot of the attraction, which escalated into a shooting, WBIR reported.

“We’re committed to safety and they’re working fully with the Sevierville Police Department,” a spokesperson for Soaky Mountain Park said in a statement. “It is an open investigation.”

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