A Tennessee man was reportedly shot and killed at the Kentucky Welcome Center on Interstate 65 while his wife listened over the phone.
The Kentucky State Police said 39-year-old James Roames, of Hendersonville, TN, shot and killed 40-year-old Jamie Plymel of Spring Hill, TN, on Tuesday night.
Authorities said Roames was sitting at a picnic table in front of the welcome center when Plymel pulled in.
Plymel, who was traveling for business, was on the phone with his wife and had left his lights on.
Roames allegedly told Plymel to turn off his lights.
Troopers say the suspect then walked over to Plymel's car and had an angry confrontation with Plymel.
Plymel's family said his wife did not hear an argument or altercation before the shooting.
Police said Roames then pulled out a gun and fired several shots into the car, hitting Plymel once.
Witnesses told authorities Roames then turned the gun on himself.
Roames was taken to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he died. Plymel died at the Franklin hospital.
"We would like to thank the Kentucky State Police and the first responders for their rapid response and professionalism. We also would like to thank the Welcome Center staff for their kindness. We thank friends and family for invaluable support and we desire their prayers. We are sorry for the loss of the other family and are praying for them as well," said Plymel's family in a statement.
Earlier Wednesday morning, Kentucky State Police spokesman Jonathan Biven said the incident was random.
"We do believe this was a random act. We don't think it's going to be a concern for anyone stopping at the welcome center," said Biven.
The investigation is ongoing.
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