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Jonesboro shooting kills 81-year-old

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

JONESBORO — Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting that left one man dead and another injured.

Gene Thompson died while being transported to Marion General Hospital just after midnight Sunday morning. First responders found the dying man in the living room of 1105 S. Fourth Ave. in Jonesboro. A man who shared the home with him, 51-year-old Larry Pavey, was also found shot inside the house in his bedroom.

Thompson’s fatal wound was in his left arm. The bullet continued into the upper left side of his torso, according to Grant County Sheriff’s Det. Lt. Shelby Taylor. 

Pavey, suffered wounds to his abdomen, left arm and left hip and was taken by helicopter to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Investigators think the shooting involved at least two suspects driving an extended cab pickup truck that is red or dark in color, according to a prepared statement.

The shooting was reported by Pavey’s mother, who was also Thompson’s wife. She lived in the home and called 911 after the shooting. Police declined to provide the woman’s name.

Taylor said Pavey was possibly awaiting surgery and is expected to survive.

The type of firearm used was unknown Monday, according to Taylor. 

He said the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Jonesboro Police Department are working together on the investigation, as is Indiana State Police.

Taylor has served as an officer for over 20 years, and said that violent crime in Jonesboro is rare.

“It’s been at least four or five years since the last fight happened in Jonesboro,” he said. “It’s sad anywhere something like this happens. It’s sad when it happens in a small town like Jonesboro, and someone getting killed makes it worse. The family feels it, the community feels it. I think everyone is going to be scared for a while.”

Police are asking anyone who was in Jonesboro about 12:30 a.m. Sunday and may have spotted a suspicious vehicle or suspicious person, or have any information regarding the shooting, to contact Jonesboro Police Chief Joel Thomas, Lt. Taylor, or call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 765-662-8477.