Teen shot at bible study describes incident, recovering at home

Teen shot at bible study describes incident, now recovering at home

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The avid athlete and student at Austin East High School is now in bed at home, recovering with bullet fragments in his leg. The avid athlete and student at Austin East High School is now in bed at home, recovering with bullet fragments in his leg.
"He got out of the car and started shooting. All of a sudden I felt something hit my foot," Underwood said. "He got out of the car and started shooting. All of a sudden I felt something hit my foot," Underwood said.
"Once we do that, we'll be able to seek charges in juvenile court," said Darrell DeBusk with the Knoxville Police Department. "Once we do that, we'll be able to seek charges in juvenile court," said Darrell DeBusk with the Knoxville Police Department.
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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The teen boy shot at a Young Life meeting is speaking about what happened. The teens were walking out of Community Evangelistic Church on Boyds Bridge Pike Monday night.

"We were just learning about the Lord," said Jamarr Underwood, 15, describing the hour of worship that had just ended.

Underwood says it was a city-wide Young Life meeting. Hundreds of kids from three schools were gathered in one place.

He says he was not the intended target. Underwood tells us there were a group of teenagers fighting in the parking lot, and he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"He got out of the car and started shooting. All of a sudden I felt something hit my foot," Underwood said.

He was taken to East Tennessee Children's Hospital right after the shooting.

The avid athlete and student at Austin East High School is now in bed at home, recovering with bullet fragments in his leg.

From the time she got the call about the shooting, the incident has been tough for Jamarr's mother to process.

"You send your child to Young Life because you want him to be taught about the Lord. And for someone to shoot, that just lets you know kids these days don't have respect for themselves, and they don't have respect for the Lord," said Tamaira McMillan.

Investigators do believe the shooter was another teenager who may have been at the same night of worship. They also confirm that Jamarr was not the intended target. They are tracking down leads in the case.

"Once we do that, we'll be able to seek charges in juvenile court," said Darrell DeBusk with the Knoxville Police Department.

Jamarr says, for now, the hard part will be not moving around for a while.

"I can't play. I can't play basketball this year. I can't get out of the house," Jamarr said.

 He says once he's better, he does plan to continue to attend those worship meetings.

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