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Leads sought in shooting
No charges in incident that left man dead

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Henry County Sheriff’s officers are interviewing, and in some cases re-interviewing, witnesses in connection with Saturday’s shooting at the Econo Lodge in Henry County, according to Maj. Ricky Walker.

“We are still actively trying to interview people, run down leads, and talk to people,” said Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. David White. “Whenever we talk to one person, it seems like a couple new names” are added to the list.

“We are hoping to have some additional information soon, but I couldn’t put a timeline on that,” Walker said Tuesday.

Jimmy Bernard Tinsley, 36, of Martinsville, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting incident in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge at 12:54 a.m. Saturday, authorities have said.

He was taken from the hotel at 1755 Virginia Ave., Martinsville, to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville where he was pronounced dead.

Tinsley’s autopsy is pending at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke, White said.

One person claimed responsibility Saturday for Tinsley’s death but no charges have been filed “because it appears there were multiple people who were discharging firearms” during the incident, Walker said.

A second man, Brandon Denzel Eggleston, 21, of Martinsville, suffered a gunshot wound to the face in the incident. He initially was taken to Memorial but later was transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, the sheriff’s office stated at the time.

Eggleston was listed in good condition at Carilion on Saturday night but he no longer was listed as a patient Tuesday afternoon, according to Eric Earnhart, hospital spokesman.

The manager of the hotel said neither of the victims had rented a room there.

White said he does not think a party was under way at the time of the shooting.

However, he added, “there may have been several rooms that were being used. Between those rooms that were being actively being used at the hotel, some people were coming over to visit.”

Walker declined to speculate on a possible motive or provide any information about the victims.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751 or the Crime Stoppers Program at 632-7463.

The Crime Stoppers Program offers rewards up to $1,000 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.


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