2 men killed in Sevier County shooting

2 men killed in Sevier County shooting

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Brandon J. Breitweiser (source: Facebook) Brandon J. Breitweiser (source: Facebook)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Two men who share the same first name are dead after a shooting Thursday night at a Sevier County apartment complex.

Sheriff Ron Seals says the incident at 8:28 p.m. at Ruth Villas Apartments off Newport Highway in Sevierville may have been a drug deal gone bad.

Detectives initially got called to the apartment complex for the shooting. While they were on their way to the scene, they got another call about a person shot who was in the Walgreen's parking lot on Newport Highway.

That was where they found Brandon J. Breitweiser, of Sevierville, in a car. Lifestar flew Breitweiser to UT Medical Center for treatment. He was later pronounced dead.

Friends say Breitweiser had a young daughter. His girlfriend is expected to deliver their second child this month.

When deputies got to the apartment complex, they found Brandon Lindsey, 21, of Pigeon Forge shot dead outside one of the units.

By day you can see many gunshot holes on and around the front door. "I heard about seven or eight gunshots last night," said neighbor Sansom Webb.

While many neighbors were shaken up, they say it's not entirely surprising that shots were fired there.

"It was probably some drug deals because that's what usually happens at that apartment. The two months those people have been there, there have been people in and out constantly," said Nick Fox.

Sheriff Seals believes both men were shot at the apartment last night. "I think someone picked him (Breitweiser) up from there and took him to Walgreen's for help," he said.

Several people have been questioned in the case, including the couple who lived at the apartment. No arrests have been made.

The sheriff believes the person or people behind the gunfire are still on the loose.

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