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UPDATED BREAKING NEWS: Police make two arrests in Dugger shooting, assault cases

Sunday, March 18, 2012 ~ Updated 2:45 PM

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A shooting took place outside the Uptown Tavern at 8111 Main Street in Dugger early Sunday morning.
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Indiana State Police have arrested the alleged shooter believed responsible for the early Sunday morning shootings of two people outside a downtown Dugger tavern.

Timothy B. Kean, 35, of rural Sullivan, was released from IU Heath Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis early Monday morning and transported to the Sullivan County by Indiana State Police troopers.

Kean was incarcerated at approximately 5:30 a.m. with no initial bond. Kean has been preliminarily charged with two counts of attempted murder, a class A felony, according to Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Watts.

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An assault of the shooter allegedly took place at this residence, located at 1024 South County Road 600 East in rural Dugger.
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He is being held without bond.

Three people -- including Kean -- were injured in two separate incidents in the Dugger area early Sunday morning.

Indiana State Police detectives from the Putnamville Post, along with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, are investigating the shooting and battery incidents which sent three victims to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

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Timothy B. Kean.
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The incident appears to have originated over a domestic dispute that occurred earlier in the (Saturday) evening, according to Sgt. Watts.

Preliminary investigation revealed at 3:32 a.m. on Sunday Sullivan County Sheriff's Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the Uptown Tavern at 8111 Main Street in Dugger, reporting an alleged shooting that occurred outside the establishment.

Responding troopers and deputies found 39-year-old Patrick D. Ruff of Jasonville, lying wounded in a nearby parking area, adjacent to the tavern.

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James B. Gardner.
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"Ruff appeared to be suffering from a shotgun wound to the head," Watts commented.

Inside the tavern, officers found 31-year-old LeighAnn Lovelace, of Linton, also suffering from a shotgun wound to the head.

"Lovelace is believed to have been shot by the suspect outside the tavern," Watts stated.

Both victims were transported to Sullivan County Community Hospital and later airlifted to Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis for treatment.

At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Ruff was listed in critical condition and Lovelace was in good condition, according to IU Health media spokesperson Sharon Richards.

Lovelace is expected to be released later today from Methodist Hospital with non-life threatening head wounds sustained from a shotgun round, according to Watts.

Kean was originally taken to Sullivan County Community Hospital and later airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital for further treatment.

The passing motorist, James Bradley Gardner, 24, of Elnora, was not injured but he was arrested at 8:54 a.m. on Sunday by Indiana State Police on a preliminary charge of battery causing serious bodily injury and one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and one count of operating while intoxicated -- refusal to take a sobriety test.

He's charged in connection with the altercation with Kean.

Gardner was originally booked into the Sullivan County Jail, but was transferred to the Knox County Jail in Vincennes at 4 p.m. on Sunday for safekeeping, according to a Sullivan County jail officer.

He is being held on $38,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed.

"Investigators originally thought the alleged shooter had sustained a gunshot wound during the altercation with Gardner. However, after further investigation and medical testing, he apparently received his wounds during the post shooting battery allegedly committed by Gardner," Watts said.

The investigation is ongoing and has the potential for additional charges.

ISP Dets. Jeff Hearon, Tom Hanks, Chris Carter, Sam Stearley and ISP Crime Scene Investigators Sergeants Kris Fitzgerald and Dana Miller are conducting the investigation. Sullivan County Sheriff Brian Kinnett and deputies are assisting along with the Sullivan County Prosecutor's office.