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Rutherford County man accused of shooting neighbor

The shooting happened Tuesday morning in Woodbury. The shooting happened Tuesday morning in Woodbury.
Steve Smith (Source: Rutherford County Sheriff''s Office) Steve Smith (Source: Rutherford County Sheriff''s Office)
WOODBURY, TN (WSMV) -

It was a tense morning for neighbors and law enforcement in Rutherford County after a man was shot in front of his son, and the accused gunman went on the lam.

All of this was the result of an ongoing feud between the suspect, 42-year-old Steven Smith, and the victim, 44-year-old Tim Lonning, according to the victim's friend.

The two had apparently been at each other's throats for years, involving accusations of trespassing and threats made toward Lonning's teenage son.

Keith Odom said Lonning was on his way to work around 6 a.m. Tuesday when Smith ambushed him.

"They were coming out the end of the road, the guy had blocked the road, and when Tim got out to tell him to move ... Steve Smith never said nothin', just pulled out a pistol and shot him four times," Odom said.

Smith ran off into the woods and eventually back to his house.

Rutherford County authorities locked down the area and evacuated neighbors, surrounding the home on Cedar Bucket Road.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold said police surrounded the Smith's house, and after talking with a lieutenant, Smith walked outside and surrendered about three hours later, bringing the situation to a "peaceful" end.

"He was just conversating back and forth with the lieutenant and was not responsive, came out and surrendered," Arnold said.

Smith was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and is being held on a $1 million bond.

Lonning was shot in the chest, hip and stomach. He was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is in stable condition.

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