Two arrested after Karns road rage shooting
The shooting happened around 5 p.m. on West Emory Road near Karns Valley, officials said, and could’ve been sparked by a road rage incident.
KARNS, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Karns, office representative Kimberly Glenn told WVLT News Tuesday night.
The shooting happened around 5 p.m. on West Emory Road near Karns Valley, Glenn said, and could’ve been sparked by a road rage incident. In a later update, Glenn identified Marcus Watts, 18, and Christopher Sentell, 20, as those involved.
Watts was reportedly charged with attempted first-degree murder and Sentell was charged with accessory after the fact and reckless driving.
The victim told police Sentell pulled out in front of him on West Emory Road. The victim threw his hands up and honked the horn. Then, Sentell pulled next to the victim at a red light. Watts fired three gunshots at the victims truck, according to a police report. The victim was not injured.
Those with information are asked to call Major Crimes Detective Shuford at 865-215-2243.
Road rage incidents are up in Tennessee. A person is a victim of a road rage incident once every 16 hours in the United States, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
AAA said 80% of people report experiencing significant anger behind the wheel. If you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, call 911 immediately.
“While you’re driving, if you do find yourself around an aggressive driver, one of the biggest things that you can do as a driver is to not respond to them,” said Megan Cooper, an AAA spokesperson.
“If you find yourself in a situation that is escalating, and you’re not doing anything to escalate it, and you do really fear for your safety, go ahead and call law enforcement, instead of trying to handle that situation yourself,” Cooper said.
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