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Reports: Police shootings behind Tenn. gunman?

Man killed 1 person, injured several others

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A man who opened fire on a Tennessee highway, killing one person and injuring several others, may have been angry over police shootings involving black victims this week, TIME and CBS News reported.

Lakeem Keon Scott, 37, allegedly fired at a Days Inn and shot at vehicles on a nearby highway, police told TIME.

In a statement, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Scott may have been “troubled by recent incidents involving African-Americans and law enforcement officers in other parts of the country.”

The Associated Press reported Friday that because of other police shootings, officers may have also been targeted in Georgia and Missouri.

High profile killings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota this week led to nationwide protests. On Thursday night, an apparent lone shooter killed five Dallas police officers during a peaceful protest.

In Tennessee, Scott was armed with an assault-style rifle and a pistol, TIME reported. After a brief shootout with officers, Scott is hospitalized in serious, but stable condition.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, and Bristol Tennessee Police Department are also assisting the TBI with this case, CBS reported.