By Michael R. Moser
Two men were taken into custody and a third man remains hospitalized in a regional trauma center following an early Sunday afternoon shooting that authorities described as a home invasion.
Seriously injured is Kencar McGee, 33, of 3048 Plateau Rd., who suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Casey Cox.
Taken into custody and each charged with attempted first-degree murder are Danny Bilyeu, 36, and Nathainel Payne, 32, both of the Crossville area. The two men are being held without bond pending a scheduled April 29 hearing in General Sessions Court.
Emergency dispatchers received a phone call from the BP station located at Plateau Rd. at the junction of I-40 around 12:27 p.m. Sunday and when deputies and emergency personnel arrived they found McGee lying on the floor of the store. Emergency personnel treated McGee at the scene until a helicopter arrived to airlift him to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
At press time Monday, his condition was listed as "stable" following surgery.
Sheriff's investigators learned the shooting had actually taken place at McGee's home and were joined at the scene by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
During the investigation it was determined that two men had forced their way into the residence through the front door and fired "multiple shots" into the home where McGee was struck and wounded. Both men then fled the scene and McGee was taken to the BP station by a neighbor where help was summoned.
Bilyeu and Payne were developed as suspects as a result of statements from the victim and those present at the residence, which included two small children.
Bilyeu turned himself in at the Justice Center and Payne was picked up at his home. Both gave brief statements to investigators, the contents of which are not being released.
Investigation is continuing and if any additional charges are filed, they will be presented directly to the grand jury.