CHPD looking for motive to morning drive-by shooting at Church Hill Inn

Jeff Bobo • Apr 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — Police don't know the motive for a Monday morning drive-by shooting in Church Hill involving a teen who allegedly fired a handgun at two targets who were standing on a balcony at the Church Hill Inn.

Church Hill Police Department Chief Chad Mosely said one of the bullets ricocheted into a room, putting the lives of the occupants in danger.

Brianna Kay Bean, 18, of Church Hill, was charged with five counts of felony reckless endangerment as well as meth possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, going armed and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

Mosely told the Times News that neither Bean nor the alleged victims shed any light on the motive for the shooting.

According to a report filed by CHPD Detective Kevin Grigsby, police responded to the Church Hill Inn shortly before 11 a.m. on a report of a shooting with no injuries.

Witnesses said the suspect fled the scene east on Highway 11-W driving a Chevy S-10 pickup with one female passenger.

A short time later, Grigsby and Officer Kathryn Metcalf spotted the two women exiting a suspect pickup at the intersection of Main Boulevard and South Central Avenue.

Metcalf reportedly kept an eye on the women as they walked east on Main Boulevard carrying backpacks until Mosely arrived at the scene with a witness who confirmed they were the suspects.

Upon being confronted, Bean refused to consent to a search of her backpack, and she was detained until a search warrant could be obtained.

She allegedly stated she had been at the motel and heard shots fired. Bean stated that a male who she had been with at the motel then threw the backpack in the truck she was driving and then fled on foot.

Bean then allegedly admitted there was a gun in the backpack and gave permission for a search.

Police allegedly found a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun that had the serial numbers removed, a small bag containing meth, empty bags, syringes and digital scales.

Bean’s passenger was questioned separately and reportedly stated that Bean was the shooter.

The investigation at the motel revealed that two shots had been fired. One hit the exterior of the building in the direction of the two females standing on the balcony. The other shot hit a vehicle and then ricocheted into another room occupied by three people.

Two of the five people whose lives were allegedly endangered by the gunshots identified Bean as the shooter, Grigsby said.

As of Monday evening, Bean was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set.

Here’s a history of recent events at the Church Hill Inn:

Parents charged with child abuse, heroin possession at Church Hill Inn

Church Hill Inn manager accused of walking through parking lot naked

Coeburn man claims he was 'shooting meth' for his birthday at Church Hill Inn

Church Hill police nab couple in SUV reported stolen in New Mexico






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