Suspect identified in gas station shooting that prompted middle school lockdown

Bearden Middle School was on lockdown Wednesday following police activity in the area, according to officials with Knox County Schools.
Published: Mar. 29, 2023 at 4:27 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2023 at 8:49 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Bearden Middle School was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon, according to officials with Knox County Schools.

“As a precaution, Bearden Middle was briefly placed on lockdown due to law enforcement activity in the area,” KCS Spokeswoman Carly Harrington said.

Harrington said the lockdown lasted 10 to 15 minutes.

Officials with the Knoxville Police Department confirmed a shooting at the Breadbox gas station on Middlebrook Pike was the incident that caused the lockdown.

“Preliminary information indicates that two individuals were engaged in a physical altercation inside of the store when one individual pulled out a gun and fired at least one shot,” Officials with KPD said. “There are no known gunshot victims. One armed male was detained at the scene.”

In a later update, KPD confirmed that 22-year-old Willie Jackson was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of vandalism and possession following the shooting.