17-year-old dies from injuries sustained in East Knoxville shoot

17-year-old dies from injuries sustained in East Knoxville drive-by shooting

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It happened just before 7:45 p.m. Friday on the 2300 block of Woodbine Ave. It happened just before 7:45 p.m. Friday on the 2300 block of Woodbine Ave.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville teenager wounded in a drive-by shooting Friday night has died from his injuries.

The Knoxville Police Department says the shooting happened just before 7:45 p.m. in the 2300 block of Woodbine Avenue in East Knoxville.

Witnesses tell 6 news the 17-year-old boy and his brother were walking down the street when shots were fired at them from a gray sedan driving down the road.

KPD says the teen was shot in the chest.

His brother ran for cover and was not hit by the gunfire.

The victim ran to a nearby house and asked the homeowners to call for help.

Homeowner Simon Hall said he heard the shots and rescue workers treated the victim on his porch before he was taken to the hospital.

"I heard a full load of clips being shot. A gentleman was shot in front of the house in the middle here right behind me here. I own one on one side and live in the other one on the other side. A little disturbing to a neighborhood that's really up and coming for us," said Hall.

The victim was taken to UT Medical Center Friday night, but died from his injuries Saturday during surgery.

Residents who live in the neighborhood say this kind of thing doesn't happen in their quiet community.

"I really think it's a good neighborhood. I never would have thought that would happen over here," said Angela Lawson of Knoxville. "I'm shocked that happened over here because that never happens on this side. It's actually really quiet over here."

They're upset by this violence right in their own back yard.

"17-years-old. These kids are young and they shouldn't have to be scared to walk down the road to go to the store or to a friend's house. They're teenagers. They should be teenagers without having to worry about things like that," said Lawson.

Tina Bailey has lived on this street for four years, and before last night, never once felt afraid.

"That makes me not feel safe because I have a 20-year-old and a 6-year-old," said Bailey of Knoxville.

Her heart breaks for the family of this young victim.

She hopes whoever is responsible is caught.

"Really devastating. I know if I lost a child, that would be the end of me. I know they're going through a really hard time and my prayers go out to the family," said Bailey.

KPD canvassed the area Friday night, trying to locate the gray sedan.

They are still following up leads at this time.

Police have not released the name of the victim.

If you have any information about this shooting, you are urged to call Knoxville Police at 865-215-7212.

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