One man shot at Knoxville bar, transported to hospital

One man shot at Knoxville bar, transported to hospital

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The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. at the La Cueva Bar, 3101 Sutherland Avenue. The shooting happened just after 2 a.m. at the La Cueva Bar, 3101 Sutherland Avenue.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A man was sent to the hospital early Sunday morning after he was shot outside a Knoxville bar.

The Knoxville Police Department says the shooting happened just after 2 a.m. at the La Cueva Bar, 3101 Sutherland Avenue.

Police say the man was shot in the leg and was taken to UT Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

They are still investigating what led up to the shooting.

Lamonte Hardwick works as a dispatcher for Fast Service Taxi, which sits directly across the street from the La Cueva Bar. He witnessed the shooting and called it into police.

The shooting happened while he was taking calls.

"Everything normally goes pretty smooth around here. I was dispatching taxis when I heard shots fired. I heard three pops. Three or four pops," said Hardwick.

He says he looked out the window to see a man in front of the building, badly limping.

"Running from around the side of the building. Hopping from around the side of the building and I called 911," said Hardwick. "That's when I saw the tail lights of a car speeding away. I heard the car and I saw the car."

Within minutes, cop cars were on the scene.

The victim, a man Hardwick had seen outside the bar several times before, was taken away in an ambulance.

"I'd seen him before. He's there every weekend," said Hardwick.

This isn't the first shooting to happen at La Cueva Bar.

In August 2012, a shooting at the very same location sent two men to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

That also happened around 2 a.m. outside the bar.

One man was shot in the chest, while the other in the leg.

In that case, Ignacio Vidales, 33, was charged with aggravated assault for shooting Jeffery Mize, 30, and Elder Vasques, 33.

La Cueva Bar is located just down the street from a number of apartment complexes and homes.

Some local residents are unhappy with its location.

"I've never understood why there's a bar that close to a school and there's day cares around here," said Iman Lynn of Knoxville.

Lynn, who just moved to the neighborhood three months ago, said she now feels extremely uneasy.

"Just to have it so close to home is really unsettling. You hear stuff happening across town and nearby cities and neighborhoods, but to think it's so close to your own house," said Lynn.

Hardwick and everyone else here is just hoping police put an end to the problem.

"The police are up and down this street all the time and they're quick to respond," said Hardwick.

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