Knoxville police investigate shooting of 15-year-old on S. Hembree Street

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knoxville Police Department is investigating a shooting on S. Hembree Street.

At 12:48 a.m. Sunday morning, police responded to reports of a 15-year-old black male that had been shot in the upper leg.

The victim told police that he was sitting in his bedroom when he heard a loud pop before feeling pain in his upper leg.

The 15-year-old victim was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment. The injury appears to be non-life threatening.

Officers are unsure of the intentions of the shooter. They have not located a weapon at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation. We will provide more details as we learn more.


The victim is a sophomore at Austin East High School, where he plays junior varsity basketball.

The teen's parents told Local 8 that the shooting was an accident.

There were a few friends over. One of the friends had a gun and accidentally set it off.

Parents heard the gun shot and immediately called the police.

Local 8 News Reporter Heather Burian spoke with the family who said the teen is home from the hospital and should make a full recovery.