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Four found shot to death in car near former Tenn. mountain resort; person of interest in custody, report says

Authorities continue to investigate a quadruple homicide in Cumberland County, Tenn., Sept. 12, 2013. CBS affiliate WVLT

Authorities at the site of a quadruple homicide in Cumberland County, Tenn., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
CBS affiliate WVLT
(CBS/AP) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Four people were found shot to death Thursday in a parked car near a former Tennessee mountain resort and authorities say they took a person of interest in the crime into custody overnight, reports CBS affiliate WVLT.

Authorities have said the four were deliberately targeted.

The victims were identified Friday as 22-year-old Danielle Jacobson, 17-year-old Steven Presley, 17-year-old Dominic Davis and 16-year-old John Lajeunesse, the station reports.

The bodies were discovered by a resident of the Renegade Mountain resort community in Cumberland County who saw the parked car on his way to work at about 7 a.m. Thursday. Investigators do not know exactly when the shooting occurred, but believe it occurred within 24 hours of when the bodies were discovered, McKenzie said.

Investigators believe the victims were killed where they were found, on a side road in the 3,000-acre Renegade Mountain development, about 50 miles west of Knoxville.

McKenzie would not discuss a possible motive for the shootings, but he said investigators have developed some leads that they are pursuing. They do not believe the shooter was among the victims nor were there signs that any of the victims committed suicide, he said.

He said authorities do not believe community members are in any danger.

Homeowners association president John Moore said in a telephone interview that the area is wooded and isolated, with 141 houses and only 43 full-time residents.

"There are 10 miles of road on 3,000 acres," he said. "It's easy to get lost or be invisible once you get past the gate."

Moore said the community had controlled access with a gate until 2010, when new owners got rid of it.

Moore moved to Renegade Mountain in 2006 and calls it "the best place in the world."

However, he said, residents are fighting the owners of the community over how they have managed it. The residents sued in 2011, and one of their concerns is lack of security.

Since the owners got rid of the controlled access, Moore said, "there've been some break-ins, some sightseers, some drug dealers and some parkers."

  • Stephanie Slifer

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