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Popular bluegrass promoter loses right eye from bullet in Oxford

Posted July 14, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014

— Allen Rodney Preddy thought he heard fireworks when he turned onto an unfamiliar street in Oxford late Sunday night.

Instead, the sound was gunshots.

One bullet went though the back of his truck, hit the side of his temple and knocked out his right eye, said Raymond Bragg, a close friend of Preddy's.

The bullet then grazed Preddy's nose before exiting through the front windshield, Bragg said.

"He's doing good, considering," he said. "He's a strong man, strong man."

Preddy, who then drove a half-mile to an AutoZone on Linden Avenue after being shot on Orange Street, is recovering at Duke University Hospital.

Investigators, who have not made any arrests as of Monday evening, did not say if Preddy was targeted or if the shooting was random.

Preddy founded PreddyFest, a Franklinton music festival featuring traditional bluegrass music.

The festival, in its 17th year, will happen at the end of July as scheduled, Bragg said.

"The show will still go on. Rodney said show will still go on," he said.

Bragg said Preddy's right eye is lost. Doctors are planning additional surgeries to repair his cheekbone and eyelids, said Bragg, who added that Preddy is looking forward to the bluegrass festival, despite his injuries.

“A big part of his life is bluegrass music,” he said. “He’s been into it serious all his life. This is one thing he loves to do. Not going to stop him, not going to stop him one bit.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Oxford police at 919-693-3161 or Crime Stoppers at 919-693-3100.


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  • Bill Brasky Jul 16, 2014

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    Not having half the front page news devoted to shootings...for starters. We as a society have been brainwashed into thinking daily multiple shootings, in most cases locally, is a norm.

  • Dnut Jul 15, 2014

    and the NRA wants us to believe this is how all normal societies work>>>What do you consider to be a normal society, "Bill B"?

  • glarg Jul 15, 2014

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    "More likely" means >50%. DO you have some evidence that most people who have gun collectors (which is what I would classify 25 guns as) have their guns stolen or causally sell them to criminals? 25 guns is a significant asset- probably in excess of $10K and people treat it as such.

    Any once again you have no evidence for your position. There are more than 20 million more guns than there were in 1991, and yet there are nearly 50% fewer firearms deaths.

    That blows up the correlation of guns to murders.

  • Mee Jul 15, 2014

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    LOL. My point exactly.

  • busyb97 Jul 15, 2014

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    And in Illinois, where the gun restrictions have been the strongest for the longest (Obama's backyard), they have some of the highest gun and violent crimes in the country. So obviously gun laws DON'T give you the results you think they will.

    Why don't people understand that the people who are committing these gun crimes DON'T PLAY BY THE RULES OR THE LAWS?! They never will. We just will make it easier for them if we disarm everyone else.

  • Dnut Jul 15, 2014

    Also, once again, Hitler relaxed gun laws in Germany once in power....Look it up.>>>
    1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the registration of all firearms and the confiscation thereof, if required for “public safety.” The interior minister warned that the records must not fall into the hands of any extremist group.
    In 1933, the ultimate extremist group, led by Adolf Hitler, seized power and used the records to identify, disarm, and attack political opponents and Jews. Constitutional rights were suspended, and mass searches for and seizures of guns and dissident publications ensued.

  • Bill Brasky Jul 15, 2014

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    More likely the guy who owns 25 guns will either- (a) sell them, and eventually fall into the hands of criminals, or (B) get them stolen. This is why half our front page news is filled with gun violence on a regular basis, and the NRA wants us to believe this is how all normal societies work.

  • btpearce Jul 15, 2014

    Prayers for Rodney and family. I hope they can catch whom ever did this.

  • Bill Brasky Jul 15, 2014

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    How is making sure guns stay in the right hands "erosion of ones right"? Or are you lobbying for the rights of criminals? Also, once again, Hitler relaxed gun laws in Germany once in power....Look it up.

  • Bill Brasky Jul 15, 2014

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    For starters, Germany never had a gun problem among citizens, and they relaxed their gun laws in the 1930s.

    Not sure why when put in a corner, people have to resort to using the tried "that's what the Nazis did" slogan....However, in this case the opposite is true.