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Alan Mefford, 51, is charged with second degree murder for the shooting.
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GALLATIN, Tenn. -
Investigators believe drugs may have played a role in a fatal shooting in Gallatin that occurred on New Year's Day.
The shooting happened around 2:50 p.m. in the 800 block Douglas Lane, northwest of the city.
Authorities said Alan Ray Mefford, 51, shot a friend, who has been identified as William Reecer, in front of his home.
"The man who was shot stopped his vehicle here, jumped out and went to the house," Sumner County Sheriff's Major Don Linzy said. "A witness saw a man come out on the front porch of the residence and approach [the driver], who was standing in the yard, and shot him with a long gun."
Mefford was taken into custody without incident. He is charged with second degree murder.
Sheriff's investigators said on Wednesday they believe the fatal shooting occurred over $42 and drugs.
"We do not have a lot of homicides in Sumner County. Being the first day of the year it is very unfortunate and we are sorry for the families of both people," Major Linzy said.
Investigators said the men were friends, but did not give details on how well they knew each other.
The driver of the truck was unarmed at the time of the shooting. His identity is being withheld as his next of kin is notified.
Brian Stevens lives across the street from where the shooting happened.
"It sounded like a shotgun blast and I went in the bathroom," he said.
Stevens told Nashville's News 2 he did not come out of the bathroom until he heard the sirens of first responders arriving at the scene.
He said the rural area is quiet and he never had any problems with Mefford.
"He had a garden and he would bring stuff over here. That's about all I knew about him," Stevens said. "He looked like he was gentle."
According to Sumner County Sheriff officials, Mefford cooperated with investigators.
He is being held without bond in the Sumner County jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 16.