Franklin County Woman Killed in Benton Shooting


By Evie Alen

UPDATED 10:15 a.m. MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013

BENTON -- Benton Police have released more information about a fatal shooting Friday night.

Brittany Andrews, 23, of Bonnie, was killed in a shooting in the parking lot of Vickee's Card Shop on East Main Street.

Police say Donald A. Lee, 39, of Elkville, was taken into custody at the scene on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Lee is being held in the Franklin County Jail. Benton Police continue to investigate. No other information is being released at this time.

BENTON -- Police are investigating the death of a Franklin County woman, who was shot Friday night in Benton. The woman is 23-year-old Brittany Andrews.

Friends of Brittany's are still trying understand how this could have happened.

"We're still extremely surprised by the whole thing," says best friend Brittany Joplin.

Around 11:30 Friday night, Joplin got a call that no one ever expects to receive.

"This should have never happened," she explains. "I mean she's a good girl and a good person in general. She has many friends and family that love her. It don't matter if it was a bad day. She would turn it into a good day. She loved making people happy,"

The shooting happened in the parking lot of Vickee's Card Shop off of East Main Street in Benton.

Police are being tight-lipped on what happened and who all were involved. But the shooting has shaken up the town and even those who never knew Andrews are already making sure she will never be forgotten.

"She was fun and outgoing and a good person in general and she never deserved this. Neither does her family," says Joplin.

The coroner says an autopsy is scheduled for Sunday. Friends say they plan to hold a candle light vigil for Brittany Sunday night at 8 p.m. at Vickee's Flowers and Gifts in Benton.

Funeral arrangements for Brittany are pending with Leffler-Poulson Funeral Home in Benton.
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