FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A suspect is in custody following a shooting at a Franklin hotel that left two people injured Saturday night, according to police.
Officers with the Franklin Police Department were sent to the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs hotel to respond to an “active shooter” call at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 in the 700 block of Cool Springs Boulevard.
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Upon arrival, officers rendered aid to two victims who were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, police said. The extent of their injuries remain unknown.
After the shooting, the suspect allegedly fled the scene. Authorities reported that officers immediately flooded the area and found the suspect on foot in a nearby neighborhood.
The suspect — identified as 29-year-old Cody Wiggins of Florida — was arrested. Officials later confirmed Wiggins’ wife and brother-in-law were the the two victims injured. The three were in town for a wedding.
Michael Valentine works at a sister property nearby and recalled driving by the sea of police lights on his way into work Saturday night.
“When you hear the word ‘active shooter,’ you immediately think the worst. You don’t know how many have been shot, how many have been injured,” Valentine explained.
Valentine said he was told law enforcement responded to the 911 call in a matter of moments and applauded their efforts on scene. However, Saturday’s shooting brought to light his greater gun violence concerns for Valentine.
“I live in Franklin, and it really hits close to home because mass shootings have become such a commonplace event,” he said. “You ask yourself, ‘When is this going to stop,’ you know? I’m glad that I grew up when I did.”
After learning about the shooting, Valentine looked into the number of mass shootings the U.S. has seen so far this year. According to the Gun Violence Archive, just over 600 mass shootings have occurred across the country since the start of 2023.
The Gun Violence Archive considers shootings where four or more people are injured as “mass shootings.” Saturday’s incident in Franklin would not be considered a mass shooting using that criteria, however, Tennessee has seen a total of 18 mass shootings this year, according to the database.
Valentine called on lawmakers locally and across the country to address ongoing gun violence.
“Life is too short anyway. Life is such a precious thing, you know. None of us are guaranteed our next breath, our next moment, but I really wish something could be done to stop this gun violence because it’s really wreaking havoc on our country and people’s lives every day,” Valentine said.
A detective has reportedly obtained warrants charging Wiggins with two counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, aggravated domestic assault, and tampering with evidence.
At the scene, officers told a News 2 crew that the shooting stemmed from an argument that turned violent, which led to the shots being fired.
Police said the weapon used in the incident was a semi-automatic handgun.
As of Sunday, Nov. 12, Wiggins remains in the Williamson County Jail, according to officials.
No additional details have been released about this incident.