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UPDATE -- Suspect arrested in double shooting at grocery store

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Charles Lee Craig, 25

UPDATE -- Lebanon man arrested in grocery store shooting

Lebanon Police have arrested a suspect in the April 3 shooting at a local grocery store that sent two people to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

Charles Lee Craig, 25, of Lebanon, was booked into the Wilson County Jail shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday morning on charges of Especially Aggravated Robbery, two counts of Aggravated Assault, and a count each of Violation of Probation and Failure to Appear outstanding. His bond has been set at $125,000 for charges in this case, with an additional $12,500 bond for the other previous charges.

According to Interim Chief Michael VanHook, a man and a woman were shot in the parking lot of Al's Foodland, located at the corner of N. Castle Heights Ave. and Hwy. 231 just after noon Friday.

Shirley Bogle, 41, of Lebanon, and James Baker, 28, of Alexandria, were both shot in the abdomen and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

According to a release from Lebanon Police, witnesses stated that a vehicle pulled into the parking lot, a black male got out of the passenger side of the car and approached the victims' car. The black male got in the back seat of the victims' car, and a short time later they began arguing and shots were fired.

VanHook said that he did not know the condition of the victims.

Detectives were able to identify Craig as a suspect and charged him in the shooting. There is still no information or identification of the driver of the getaway vehicle.

"Thanks to all the witnesses, business surveillance and folks that provided first aid," VanHook added.

Officer Chad Cunningham was the first on the scene and found several citizens providing first aid to the two gunshot victims.

A local high student was driving by the store when he said he saw what he thought was someone having a seizure.

A 16-year-old student at Lebanon High School stopped to check on the person. All county and city schools were out of session because of the Good Friday holiday.

"We learned about that in our health science class," he said.

Instead of having a seizure, the teen said that the man said he had been shot. A female victim was shot as well.

The student said he grabbed shirts from the back of his vehicle and applied pressure to the man's wound until police and emergency personnel arrived.

Al's Manager John Carman said in their 30 years of business nothing like this had ever happened - prior to today.

"This did not happen within our store. It was an isolated incident in our parking lot," he said. "We would like to thank everybody who helped today. All of the first responders, as well as our customers who helped and employees who called 911."

Carman said surveillance video from the store was given to LPD detectives.

Anyone with information to this crime is urged to contact Lebanon Police Department at 615-444-2323.

(Editor's note: The name of the student was withheld/removed per request of the parent.)

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