Reward in horse shooting grows

By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

The reward for information on whoever is responsible for the shooting of a young girl’s horse three weeks ago has now grown to a possible $3,500.

Chief Larry Bowman with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department said that a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, called in and offered $500 in addition to the amount given by Wilson County Crime Stoppers. The maximum reward given by Crime Stoppers is $1,000, but a board decides exactly how much to award for the information.

The family is also offering $1,000 for information on whoever is responsible for the shooting. This, along with $1,000 offered by another anonymous party last week, brings the total to potentially $3,500.

“He said wanted to catch these sick individuals,” Bowman said of the latest donation from an anonymous person. “He wanted to add $500 to the reward and remain anonymous.”

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 heartbroken to learn the news that her beloved race horse, Magic, had been shot and killed. Magic was shot one time, according to the results from an autopsy done on the horse. Earlier reports that the horse had been shot nine times were incorrect.

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

“We have interviewed people up and down that road,” Bowman said. “We’ve received several calls, but we don’t have anything concrete yet.”

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.