70-year-old man double killed on Tennessee Lake


An “armed and dangerous” 70-year-old man is wanted in connection with a double kill on a lake in northwest Tennessee, authorities said.

Martin’s David Vowell is wanted as a person of interest in Monday’s Reelfoot Lake, Obion County’s double homicide that killed 26-year-old Chance Black and 25-year-old Zachery Grooms, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced late Monday.

An agency spokeswoman declined to provide additional details when contacted by The Post early Tuesday. She cited TBI’s release as the extent of what investigators are willing to say publicly about the killings.

But District Attorney Tommy Thomas told WREG that Black and Grooms were shot at a blind at the 15,000 acre lake in Reelfoot Lake State Park, which is popular for hunting and fishing.

Black was the son of Weakley County’s Assistant Deputy Sheriff’s Department Mark Black, Thomas told the station.

Obion County residents said investigators came across the “very quiet” community of Walnut Log on Monday. One couple said they heard reports from someone who was “upset” about duck hunting at the lake.

“A lot of hunters come here enjoying duck hunting and everything, but I don’t know if anyone is shooting more ducks or whatever,” David Gray told WPSD. “But it’s bad to hear anyone, especially boys, being treated like that. It’s a shame that something like that would happen.”

TBI spokeswoman Keli McAlister declined to say if Black and Grooms were on the hunt at the time of the shooting.

“We have not released any information other than identifying the deceased and who we are interested in,” McAlister emailed The Post.

Anyone with information on the deadly shootings at the northern end of the lake is encouraged to contact TBI investigators at (800) TBI-FIND.

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