After two people were killed in the parking lot of a Clarksville restaurant Wednesday night, the mayor says “acts of this nature will not stand.”
Mayor Joe Pitts was dining at the Longhorn Steakhouse on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard with friends and family when the deadly shooting happened around 8:30 p.m.
James Ramsey, 37, and John Allgood, 53, were both taken to the hospital where they died from their injuries.
In a statement issued to the city during Thursday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Pitts called the crime a “cowardly act” and said the suspects will be found and brought to justice.
“One thing I know about my hometown, we are resilient. We are determined. and when we set our minds to it, we are successful,” he said
The mayor went on to commend first responders and police who responded to the scene.
“As a community, we can all be proud of them not just for [Wednesday] night but every day,” the mayor said, adding, “We are in prayer for the families who lost two loved ones… We are also in prayer for our law enforcement personnel as they pursue those who committed the crimes. They will be found, and they will be brought to justice.”
Clarksville police reported Ramsey and Allgood were killed following some sort of dispute and that more than a dozen bystanders tried to help the men.
No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 931-645-TIPS.