Shooting on the Appalachian Trail

A 25-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail is back open after two people camping near the trail were shot Tuesday night. The suspect, Randall Lee Smith, was actually convicted of killing two people on the Appalachian Trail almost 30 years ago. After spending 15 years in prison, the state actually released this nut-job on parole in 1996, which he completed in 2006.

Appalachian Trail

The two men who were shot on Tuesday night were camping in the Dismal Creek area.  After they were shot, the shooter stole and crashed a car and had to be airlifted to a hospital

Authorities have identified the suspect as convicted killer Randall Lee Smith

Anyone who has been in the area during the last six weeks and may have seen Smith is asked to call Giles County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 921-3842.

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