Search continues for suspect in Knoxville nightclub shooting

Search continues for suspect in Knoxville nightclub shooting

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Police say the shots were fired around 2:15 a.m. at La Rumba Restarurante and Bar, 4900 Chambliss Ave. Police say the shots were fired around 2:15 a.m. at La Rumba Restarurante and Bar, 4900 Chambliss Ave.
Carlos Porras was working security at the door when he was shot by stray bullets coming from the parking lot. Carlos Porras was working security at the door when he was shot by stray bullets coming from the parking lot.
"There have been assaults and it seems to be causing problems," said Mary Sonju, who lives near La Rumba. "There have been assaults and it seems to be causing problems," said Mary Sonju, who lives near La Rumba.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police are looking for a suspect in a shooting early Saturday at a Knoxville nightclub that resulted in two people injured.

Police say the shots were fired around 2:15 a.m. at La Rumba Restarurante and Bar, 4900 Chambliss Ave.

Witnesses told officers several people were taking turns rapping inside the club when some patrons began shoving and pushing each other.

An argument then spilled outside the club where shots were fired by at least one man.

Carlos Humberto Porras, 40, and Torie Lavon Brown, 24, both of Knoxville, were both injured with gun shot wounds to their legs.

Police say the suspect fled in a dark colored vehicle. He is described as a Black male, 5-foot-10 with medium build and weighing 160 pounds. He has long dreadlocks.

Carlos Porras was working security at the door when he was shot by stray bullets coming from the parking lot.

"I felt someone pulling at my shorts, and that's when I fell to my stomach and I saw that I had gotten shot," said Porras.

Porras spent two hours in surgery getting metal plates in his leg. He was released Sunday afternoon from the hospital.

"In three or four months I'll be able to walk again. Like I say, it's a lot of pain and I'm trying to do little by little," said Porras.

Saturday's shooting is not the only crime to occur at La Rumba. From January to June of this year, the Knoxville Police Department has received 35 calls for service to the club's address. In the same time frame last year there were 31 calls.

Many calls were for loud noise, some for assaults or fighting.

Mary Sonju lives near La Rumba. She says she is fed up with the activity coming from the club.

"Mostly with a lot of noise. There have been assaults and it seems to be causing problems," said Sonju.

Sonju has lived in the Forest Heights neighborhood for 14 years. She's a member of the Home Owners Association and says the association's officers have met with La Rumba representatives, but no changes have been made.

"It would be wonderful if the establishment could find another place that would be more conclusive to what they want to have going on," said Sonju.

Porras has worked at rumba since November, but isn't planning on returning.

"I doubt I'll go back. Yeah, it's not worth losing your life over," said Porras.

The owner of La Rumba says she has no comment right now. As far as Porras, he's hopeful he'll find another job as soon as he heals. 

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