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Man shot in back side with ‘bird shot’ says he wants answers

Published: 3:49 AM, 02/20/2014

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY-Lionel Gene Herndon, 65, of Maryville, says he wants to know who shot him in the back and buttocks with his own shotgun on Tuesday, Feb. 4, while walking on his property at 160 Greasy Cove Road, in Cosby.

Law enforcement say they suspect there’s more to the story then Herndon is letting on.

Herndon said the two shots of “bird shot” resulted in 63 holes in his body and multiple visits to different doctors.

Herndon said, “I just don’t feel safe.” He said after he came to on the ground, his body hurt “with that much buckshot.”

Herndon said he got back into his truck and headed home to Maryville. He said he got as far as the McDonald’s restaurant at the 407 exit in Sevierville, ordered a coffee, told a manger he had been shot, and asked for help.

Herndon said, “I was shot, bleeding, and scared.” Herndon said, “I ordered a cup of coffee to take more pain medication. They (the McDonald’s employees) were on the ball, and called 911.”

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