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Fatal bullet passed through wall

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

The Jonesboro man who died in a shooting early Sunday was hit by a bullet that passed through is bedroom wall. Gene Thompson, 81, was lying in bed when fatally wounded at his home at South Fourth Ave.

His son, Larry Pavey, 51, who was in the living room of the home, suffered three wounds in the attack and has been released from the hospital.

The Grant County Coroner’s office has confirmed the cause of death for Thompson as homicide. 

Patricia Thompson, the wife of Gene Thompson and mother of Pavey, called 911 early Sunday morning reporting that her son had been shot.

Grant County Deputy Chief Coroner Stephen Dorsey said it is believed that the suspects were inside the home when the attack was made on Pavey in the living room.

Four rounds were fired, three of which hit Pavey. He was wounded in the abdomen, left a.m. and left hip. The fourth round is believed to have missed Pavey and traveled through the bedroom wall, striking Thompson. At least two suspects escaped in a red or dark colored pickup truck with an extended cab, according to investigators.

The round entered through Thompson’s left a.m. and penetrated his left upper torso. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday to transport both victims. Pavey was airlifted to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Dorsey reported a MGH paramedic intercepted the ambulance carrying Thompson in the parking lot of Westview Wesleyan Church in Jonesboro. Thompson was pronounced dead inside the ambulance at 1:21 a.m.

After an autopsy was performed at Northeast Indiana Forensic Center in Fort Wayne, Dorsey was able to confirm that Thompson died from his single gunshot wound.

The bullet recovered from Thompson’s body appears to be a 9mm round, according to Dorsey, but a ballistics test will need to be conducted to confirm that information.

Pavey was released from Lutheran Hospital on Tuesday, a press release from Crime Stoppers reported.

A motive and suspects are still under investigation by Jonesboro Police and Grant County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities ask that if anyone has information regarding any suspicious persons within the Jonesboro area around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, to report the information to the Jonesboro Police, Grant County Sheriff, or by calling the Grant County Crime Stoppers hotline at (765) 662 8477.