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Update: Attempted murder investigation; Shooting Saturday morning in Hope

Just before 8:30 am Saturday, theBartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Hope Police Department were dispatched to the 2000 block of Neal Drive in Hope in regards to a reported shooting.  Central Dispatch advised a female, later identified as Linda Venable, 68, of Hope, had been shot by her husband, Thomas Venable, 70, of Hope, in the chest with a small caliber firearm.


A short time later, officers arrived on scene where the victim of the shooting was alert and talking with officers and medics and was transported by Lifeline to a University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY. She is reported to be stable at this time, but is going to be admitted to the hospital for her injuries.


The suspect, Thomas Venable, was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for jail clearance and later taken to Bartholomew County Jail and booked for the following charges: Attempted Murder, Level I Felony.


“This is an unfortunate event that occurred here in a peaceful neighborhood. I’m very proud of our Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement and all emergency responders for the quick response to this incident,” said Major Chris Lane.