Suspect in custody after shooting lockdowns school, juvenile male dies at UTMC

Mooreland Heights Elementary School was on lockdown earlier Wednesday after a nearby shooting, according to KPD officials.
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 6:10 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 10:16 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A 17-year-old male died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on September 23 after suffering at least one gunshot wound in a shooting that occurred on September 8.

The victim’s body was transported to the Regional Forensic Center for a full autopsy.

Mooreland Heights Elementary School went on lockdown on September 8 after a nearby shooting, according to officials with the Knoxville Police Department.

Just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, officers responded to 201 Stone Road in reference to a shooting victim, according to KPD.

Upon arrival at the scene, the 17-year-old victim was found next to a vehicle suffering from at least one gunshot wound and was later transported to the UTMC, according to officials.

Police report the suspect left the scene and Mooreland Heights Elementary School was briefly put on lockdown.

Investigators have found that the suspect and victim knew each other but the circumstances leading up to the shooting are under investigation. The suspect, a 17-year-old male, turned himself into the authorities Friday, KPD officials said. He was taken into custody on juvenile petitions for aggravated assault and minor in possession of a handgun, according to KPD officials.

The incident is being investigated by the KPD Violent Crimes Unit.

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