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Knoxville man accused of shooting man in head while intoxicated, angry

Knoxville Police Department investigators are looking into a North Knoxville shooting that happened early Friday morning.
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 10:51 AM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2022 at 8:30 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knoxville Police Department investigators were investigating a North Knoxville shooting that left one person dead at Lonsdale Homes.

Officers arrived at the 1900 block of Minnesota Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Friday, where they said they found 24-year-old John Mack suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead later that day, KPD officials said.

Responders found a second man nearby, Roshaun Smith, 25, who had also been shot, KPD officials said. According to a report obtained by WVLT News, the incident began when Smith got into an argument with the mother of his child while intoxicated and carrying a handgun, officials said. He reportedly verbally threatened and pushed the woman while people were around.

“Several witnesses to this incident attempted to calm the defendant down and persuade him to go home,” officials noted on the report.

During the argument, Smith had his gun in his hand and was seen by witnesses “waving it around, disregarding the safety of everyone nearby.”

Mack was on the scene and attempted to calm Smith down; however, the report states that he raised the gun in the air and fired a shot. The bullet struck Mack in the side of the head, resulting in his death, according to officials.

Smith was released from the hospital Sunday morning and arrested on reckless homicide and domestic assault charges, according to KPD Spokesperson Scott Erland.

Smith had two previous outstanding warrants out of Knox County, Erland said.

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