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Suspect charged in Madison vision store shooting

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Henry Talley (Photo from Metro PD) Henry Talley (Photo from Metro PD)
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The man alleged to have shot his estranged girlfriend and another woman inside a Madison optometry store last month has been discharged from the hospital and charged with attempted murder.

Henry Talley, 30, faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, order of protection violation and unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon in connection with the Sept. 4 shooting inside the Visionworks store near the 1700 block of North Gallatin Pike.

Police said Talley is suspected of walking into the store and shooting Ronkeisha Briley, 26, the mother of his child, after a short confrontation.

Briley was able to run to a back examination room, and another bullet grazed a second victim, a 23-year-old employee.

Officers nearby saw Talley as he fled in a maroon Pontiac, and as they pulled him over, they said Talley shot himself while inside the vehicle.

Talley survived the self-inflicted shooting and was conscious as he was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment, police said.

Now that Talley has been discharged, he is jailed on $500,000 bond.

Counselors were on hand at the vision store after the shooting to help the staff talk about what happened in those few panicked moments.

"It was sort of a, you know, disbelief. 'How did this happen? Why did it happen? What's going on?' All the questions that run through your mind. I mean, it ended up being a domestic dispute that ended up in our building, and it could've been anywhere," said Visionworks owner Dr. Mark Lynn.

Briley has also since been discharged from the hospital and is continuing to recover.

"The people that work with her love her. They were talking this morning that she's always there. She's always friendly and willing to help and do whatever she can. Just a joy to be around," Lynn said.

The second employee wounded in the shooting was treated and released from an area hospital and is expected to be OK.

Police said Talley has been convicted of several crimes in the past, including a recent conviction of domestic assault against Briley - who had received an order of protection against Talley.

Talley was arrested for second-offense domestic assault on July 1 of this year for striking Briley in the face. He was convicted on July 15 and received an 11-month, 29-day sentence. All but 30 days were suspended.

Talley was arrested for murder in May 2002 for the shooting death of Joshua Clark, 20, in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue South. Talley pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received a 15-year sentence, at least some of which was served as part of a community corrections program, police said.

He was then convicted of being a felon in possession of a pistol in 2010, later receiving an 18-month sentence, and was also convicted of domestic assault against a woman other than Briley in 2008.

Talley and Briley have a child together.

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