Gallatin Man Identified As Springfield Fatal Shooting Victim

Gallatin Man Identified As Springfield Fatal Shooting Victim

CREATED Mar 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – A Sumner County man has been identified as the victim killed Saturday night in a shooting in Springfield.

Officials with the Springfield Police Department said 24-year-old Joseph Sharkley, of Gallatin, was shot and killed just before 9 p.m. in Springfield.

The shooting was reported near the Discount Tobacco Market and Larry's Restaurant on Central Avenue.

Police said Sharkley was in a Jeep Cherokee with two females, also from Gallatin, when he was struck by gunfire. The shots were said to have been fired into the rear of the SUV.

According to police, the driver sped away from the scene after the incident. Sharkley was later found deceased in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle.

Officials said he died as a result of a gunshot wound in the upper part of his body. 

The two women were not injured in the shooting. Their identities have not been released.

The investigation remains ongoing. A possible motive for the shooting was not known.

Anyone with information has been asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 615-384-8422 or Crime Stoppers at 615-382-3799.