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Store Owner Pleads Not Guilty To Shooting Spree

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A southeastern Kentucky man pleads not guilty to a shooting spree inside his own Middlesboro store.

No was hurt, but neighbors are still shaken about what happened Sunday night.

All's quiet on Avondale Avenue now, but neighbors say Sunday night the outside of Wilcox Market sounded like a war zone.

At first Barbara Green and her husband couldn't believe what they were hearing.

“It's a gun. I said somebody's shooting and he said, are you sure? I said somebody's shooting!” Green said.

Police say 32-year-old William Wilcox fired about 50 random shots from inside the store with several different guns. From her front porch, Betty Sue Womack says she saw Wilcox walk out the front door and fire more shots into air.

“I mean if somebody had been walking down through here they'd have been hit,” Betty Sue Womack said.

Police say Wilcox was in the apartment upstairs with his wife and five kids when they arrived.

The Green family laid on their floor and watched through the front door.

“I was like, we're not getting up, my kids are not getting up off the floor until he comes out, because it could have got ugly,” Green said.

Police say Wilcox gave up without a fight.

Green and Womack both say they've known Wilcox for years, and can't understand why this happened.

William Wilcox is charged with 11 counts of wanton endangerment and 2 counts of criminal mischief.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 15th.


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