Knoxville police identify victim in deadly Wilson Avenue shooting

The investigation is ongoing at this time.
A man is dead following a shooting on Wilson Avenue early Sunday morning, prompting an investigation by the Knoxville Police Department.
Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 8:52 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 12:08 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The victim of a deadly Knoxville shooting has been identified by Knoxville Police Department officials as Samuel Whitfield, 38, of Knoxville.

The shooting happened on Wilson Avenue Sunday. An investigation revealed that a car drove past a house in the 2000 block of the road and fired multiple shots at it, KPD Communications Manager Scott Erland told WVLT News. Whitfield was hit and taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in a personal car, Erland said.

“Whitfield died shortly after arriving at the UT Medical Center. Multiple potential witnesses have been interviewed by Violent Crimes Unit investigators, but no suspects have been arrested or charged at this time,” Erland said.

Those with information are asked to reach out to East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165 or online at