District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway released details minutes ago of a shooting last night (Tuesday, July 11, 2017) at Life Care Center of Crossville that left one man dead and a woman critically injured. According to Dunaway, Crossville police responded to the Life Care Center of Crossville in response to a possible shooting incident. Upon arrival, facility staff members directed officers to resident room 112 where Nancy Vaughn was found in bed with a gunshot wound. Also found in the room was William Vaughn was sitting in a chair next to the bed with a gunshot wound. Officers immediately secured the area and confirmed that no further danger was present to any other residents of occupants of the facility. Investigators retrieved a .22 caliber handgun from William Vaughn. Preliminary findings indicate that William Vaughn shot his wife and then shot himself. William Vaughn was pronounced deceased at the scene. As of 2 p.m. central time this afternoon (July 12, 2017), Nancy Vaughn remained in critical condition at Cumberland Medical Center. Dunaway added that the facility director and other administrators of the facility were on site and cooperated fully with the investigation and made every effort to keep their residents comfortable and safe. Life Care Center of Crossville, located at 80 Justice Street, focuses on physical, occupational and speech therapy for senior citizens on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Cathy Howe, Executive Director of Life Care Center of Crossville, issued the following statement after Dunaway’s remarks:
“At Life Care Center of Crossville, our residents are our highest priority. We are heartbroken today due to a shooting that occurred last night at our facility. The Crossville Police Department is conducting an investigation, and we are fully cooperating and assisting in any way possible. Due to that investigation, as well as patient privacy, we cannot provide specific details. The police have determined there is no longer any danger. Our facility is secure, and our residents and associates are safe. Grief counseling will be available for any associate or resident.”