Fountain City biker gang shooting leaves 2 dead, 3 injured

A shooting between the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and the Pagans Motorcycle Club reportedly left five people with gunshot wounds, two of which died.
Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 10:49 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2022 at 8:41 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Knoxville Police Department have identified the victims of Friday’s Fountain City shooting, which was sparked by a fight between two biker gangs.

The victims were identified as Kenneth Burgett, 46, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Patrick Petty, 30, of Harrogate, Tennessee.

The shooting happened at Hatmaker’s Bar & Grill around 9:45 p.m., according to KPD’s Scott Erland. “A fight broke out in the parking lot of Hatmaker’s, and shots were fired, resulting in the death of a member of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, two outlaw motorcycle gangs,” Erland said.

In addition, a 36-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Erland said another 30-year-old man with an unknown affiliation also drove to the Claiborne Medical Center with a gunshot wound.

“The victim reportedly fled the scene and drove to the Claiborne Medical Center for treatment. He was airlifted to the UT Medical Center for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries,” Erland said.

WVLT News spoke with several neighbors in the area who did not want to disclose their identities for safety reasons. They said they heard anywhere from 25 to 50 rounds go off during the incident. Many feel the bar itself is a problem for the entire area.

Some have reached out to Knoxville city councilwoman Lauren Rider to see if anything can be done to punish the bar.

WVLT News reached out to Rider and did not hear back. We also reached out to the bar owner for comment, but he did not return our calls; however, a statement was later posted on the bar’s Facebook page.

No suspects have been arrested or charged and the investigation is continuing.

Those with information about the shooting are urged to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165, online, via the P3 Tips mobile app or by texting **TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a cash reward.

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