Two children, baby in car during fatal shooting

The Cocke Co. Sheriff’s office said a man shot and killed his neighbor, while a 10-month-old baby was in the car.
Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 9:59 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 3:05 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A 35-year-old man is dead following a shooting on Crane Way in Del Rio, according to officials with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said a woman called 9-1-1 and said that her husband, Joseph Maxwell Carter, had been shot by their neighbor while he was in his car, according to a release. Three children were also involved in the shooting, but were not harmed, the release said. Two children, a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old ran from the car while a 10-month-old remained in the car during the incident.

Police arrested 65-year-old James Raspberry in connection with the shooting. Investigators were told there was a history of feuds between the two.

WVLT News spoke with Mary Carter, the wife of the victim. She said that Raspberry was upset because her children rode their bikes on the road that ran in front of both the houses. According to Carter, Raspberry complained about the noise the children made.

The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office reported Raspberry paid a $100,000 bond. Carter has started a GoFundMe for her family and said that she is looking to move, saying she does not feel safe with Raspberry out on bond.

Pastor Fred Cagle said he knows the Carter family personally. They are regulars at Piney Grove Baptist Church and normally sit in the front row at church on Sundays.

“Such loving kids that would put their arms around you and hug you and sit in church and listen to the word of God,” said Cagle.

He said he’s praying for all of the family’s involved.

“God we come together this day knowing that you know all things and see all things… in this time of tragedy, and need for this family, both families lord that you will reach out, and lord you will speak to them. Lord we know there is love, hope, and faith in this community. We thank you and love you for all you’ve done for us, in Jesus name amen,” said Cagle.

Raspberry is charged with aggravated assault and first degree murder.

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