Police: Son fleeing after killing his mother, friend in East Ridge shooting


This story was updated on April 8, 2018, at 8 p.m. with more information

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UPDATE: A person on Facebook who claims to have fired on the double homicide this morning has made a publication detailing the events that night.

East Ridge police say that before 5:30 a.m., Casey Lawhorn shot and killed his mother, Vi Lawhorn, and one of his friends who was spending the night.

"Before I begin, I need to emphasize that I take full responsibility for my actions," wrote Casey Lawshorn. "Nothing that someone has done to me or has not caused this, my decisions and my faults are mine."

Next, he detailed the events as they developed that night. He said he picked up his mother in a bar at 12:30 a.m. When they got home, he shot and killed his friend while he was sleeping on the living room floor and then shot and killed his mother before 1:30 a.m.

Lawhorn said he wrote the publication from the side of Interstate 59 in Mississippi after his vehicle broke down. East Ridge police are aware and are working to alert relevant agencies in that region and obtain more verifiable information.

East Ridge Police Deputy Chief Stan Allen said they still can not confirm whether Lawhorn's narrative is accurate.


ORIGINAL HISTORY: Neighbors gathered on their driveway in East Ridge, Tenn., Today after police say a man shot and killed his mother and another person hours earlier in the house next door on the 1700 block of John Ross Road.

Casey Lawhorn, 23, shot his mother, Vi Lawhorn, and a friend in his head before 5:30 a.m., according to East Ridge police. The friend's name had not been published before press time on Sunday night, as the family had not yet been notified.

Casey Lawhorn called the police and told them what happened, according to a press release, but fled the scene before the police arrived. It was believed that he had been in Dade County at the time, driving a 2002 Golden Ford Taurus with a Tennessee ID number W0327L.

The Dade County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook confirming that a vehicle with that description had been seen at a gas station in Dade County at approximately 5:30 am, but there is no evidence to suggest that Casey Lawhorn remained in the area after it was fed.

Casey Lawhorn is not in Cloudland Canyon, according to the sheriff's office.

East Ridge Police believe that Casey Lawson continues further to the southwest through Georgia.

Casey Lawhorn is a white man, 5 "5" and weighs 108. Anyone who sees him or the vehicle must call the police immediately, he is considered armed and dangerous.

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