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Authorities Are Searching For 'Armed And Dangerous' 70-Year-Old Man After Two Hunters Are Killed At Tennessee Lake

Chance Black, 26, and Zachery Grooms, 25, had been hunting at Reelfoot Lake when they were shot and killed in a duck blind. David Vowell is being sought by authorities.

By Jill Sederstrom
70-Year-Old Man Sought In Tennessee Homicide Probe

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking for an “armed and dangerous” 70-year-old man they say is a person of interest in a double homicide investigation at a Tennessee lake.

Authorities are searching for David Vowell, 70, after two men were found dead at Reelfoot Lake in Obion County on Monday morning, according to a statement from the TBI.

The victims have been identified as Chance Black, 26, and Zachery Grooms, 25.

Authorities in Weakley County told local station WREG that Black is the son of Weakley County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mark Black.

District Attorney Tommy Thomas told the news outlet that the two men had been hunting at the lake and were shot at a duck blind.

Keli McAlister, public information officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told Oxygen.com that authorities received a 911 just before 11 a.m. Monday.

She declined to provide any other details about the case, including whether authorities had a possible motive for the murders.

However, one couple who lives near the lake told WPSD that they had heard a disagreement about hunting may have sparked the deadly altercation.

“This is a very quiet area. A lot of hunters come in here and they enjoy the duck hunting and all, but to be upset over somebody shooting more ducks or whatever the case may have been, I don’t know,” David Gray said. “But it’s bad to hear about someone, especially young boys, being treated that way.”

McAlister said Thomas requested the TBI’s involvement in the investigation on Monday.

In addition to the TBI, the Obion County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Tennessee Highway Patrol are all currently assisting with the investigation, she said.

Reelfoot Lake State Park, which is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, is a 15,000-acre lake known for its fishing, boating and wildlife viewing, according to a Tennessee State Parks website.

Anyone with information about the case or Vowell’s whereabouts is urged to contact authorities at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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