November 26, 2003
Fun at the KKK Ceremony

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.— A bullet fired in the air during a Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony came down and struck a participant in the head, critically injuring him, authorities said.

Gregory Allen Freeman, 45, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the Saturday night incident that wounded Jeffery S. Murr, 24.

About 10 people, including two children, had gathered for the ceremony. The man who was being initiated was blindfolded, tied with a noose to a tree and shot with paintball guns as Freeman fired a pistol in the air to provide the sound of real gunfire, Sheriff Fred Phillips said.

A bullet struck Murr on the top of the head and exited at the bottom of his skull, authorities said.

Freeman fled the ceremony but was arrested near his home, authorities said. He was released on $7,500 bail

The victim in a weekend Ku Klux Klan initiation has taken a turn for the worse. 24 year old Jeffrey Murr is now hospitalized in critical condition.

Washington County, Tennessee authorities say a bullet struck Murr during the KKK initiation off Bill West Road in the Limestone community. Investigators say ten people, all from the region, participated in the initiation, which started with a new member being tied to a tire.

Authorities say 45 year old Gregory Allen Freeman had the real weapon. He`s charged with aggravated assault and felony reckless endangerment. Sheriff Graybeal says additional charges are being discussed.

Posted by tstubbs at November 26, 2003 11:15 AM
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