KPD: Suspect fires gunshots, backs SUV into front of North Knoxville business

A suspect is accused of crashing into and firing shots into a North Knoxville business.
A suspect is accused of crashing into and firing shots into a North Knoxville business.
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 10:31 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 10:49 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knoxville Police Department officers responded after a suspect reportedly backed an SUV into the front of a North Knoxville business, Communications Manager Scott Erland told WVLT News.

According to a report, an officer responded to Urban Power, located on Whittle Springs Road, around 5:45 a.m. when he saw an SUV backed into the front door of the business. As the officer approached, the SUV reportedly fled the scene. The officer did not pursue out of concern for the safety of nearby residences, Erland said.

The suspect also fired gunshots into the front of the business. The front door of the business had to be removed because of the damage. The impact of the car and multiple gunshots shattered the glass.

Pastor Todd Kincaid owns the business. He told WVLT News there is thousands of dollars worth of damage to the building, but he has insurance. He’s worried about the kids who did this. He’s been praying for them.

Kincaid said he has security video of that SUV that they gave to investigators. From the video, he says you can see three males in the car, that look like teenagers.

”My prayer this morning is that God would move in a situation and assume you will realize it’s a way that you’re going is the wrong way in this community would come to gather churches in communities and teachers a police officer and anyone cares about the youth in the city we say we’re going to reach out to you say hey it’s like you’re living is not allowed to should be going,” said Kincaid.

Erland was not able to provide more details but did say that the KPD was unable to contact the business owner.

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