KPD: 13-year-old shot, killed 12-year-old brother

Published: Dec. 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM EST
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According to the Knoxville Police Department, a 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 12-year-old brother Tuesday night.

Officers responded to a shooting call at 7:15 p.m. near the 2100 block of Needham Lane on Tuesday.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 12-year-old boy dead in a bedroom.

Investigators initially thought the boy died as a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but discovered evidence leading them to believe the boy was murdered.

The 13-year-old was charged with first degree murder at 4 a.m. Wednesday and taken to the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center. He is expected to appear in court anytime between Wednesday and Friday. Attorney Greg Isaacs is expected to represent the 13-year-old.

The Knoxville Police Department announced that both boys were students at Northwest Middle School. Their classmates have been informed about the death.

The principal of Northwest Middle School released a statement, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred Tuesday night involving two of our students. Our hearts are heavy as we offer our thoughts and prayers to the family during this very difficult time.”

Authorities will not say if the parents will be facing any charges and could not give a motive for the shooting at this time.

Officials will not release the name of the victim and suspect due to the ongoing investigation.