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Reward for arrest in horse shooting grows to $3,000

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

The reward for information on whoever is responsible for the shooting of a young girl’s horse two weeks ago has now grown to potentially $3,000.

Chief Larry Bowman with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said that a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, called in and offered $1,000 in addition to the amount given by Wilson County Crime Stoppers. The maximum reward given by Crime Stoppers is $1,000, but the group’s board decides exactly how much to award for information.

The family of the young girl is also offering $1,000 for information on whoever is responsible for the shooting. This brings the total to a possible $3,000.

“He said when he read the story, it just made him sick,” Bowman said regarding the anonymous man who offered reward money. “He wanted to add $1,000 to the reward. He didn’t want his name released, but I know him and he’s good for it.”

The incident happened sometime late Tuesday night, Sept. 22 or early Wednesday morning, Sept. 23 at 4640 S.E. Tater Peeler Road in Lebanon.

Shea Blankenship, 17, was crushed when she woke to the news that her beloved race horse, Magic, had been shot and killed. Magic was shot nine times.

Shea’s father, Jeff Blankenship, said he wants the person found so that the community can know what he or she did to the girl’s horse.

If you have any information about this shooting, call the family at (615) 631-8157 or (615) 495-6864. You may also call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 444-5245.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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