Knoxville man shot and killed carrying groceries through park

Knoxville man shot and killed carrying groceries through park

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The man's body was found off of Western Avenue. The man's body was found off of Western Avenue.
The body was found between a playground and a community garden. The body was found between a playground and a community garden.
"They need to go to jail whoever it is and they need to be off the streets. If they can do a horrible crime like that, they need to be under the jail and never let out," said Tina Davis. "They need to go to jail whoever it is and they need to be off the streets. If they can do a horrible crime like that, they need to be under the jail and never let out," said Tina Davis.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A man was found shot to death in a Knoxville community farm and police believe foul play is involved.

Police were called to the area in Malcolm Martin Park, near Knoxville College and Beardsley Farms off of Western Avenue, for a report of a possible sick person after two CAC employees saw a man while working in the garden.

At the scene, police found the body of a black male in his 50s, who had been shot at least one time and killed.

He was later identified as Conrad Wise, 57.

Police said it appeared Wise was walking through the park and was carrying two bags of groceries with purchases from a nearby grocery store.

Foul play is suspected and the body has been sent to the Forensics Center for an autopsy.

Tina Davis has been working at Mobile Meals for 10 years. Her place of employment is about 50 yards from where police believe Wise was shot and killed.

"I think it's pretty bad. That's pretty horrible and it's never been this close. We've kind of seen gunshots. In the projects here, we've kind of seen gunshots, but never this close," said Davis.

Malcolm Martin Park has several activities for children. Davis is a mother of four, but she doesn't allow her children to play at the park.

"This park is closed off. People can hide just like when that man walked through with his groceries. You have to be wise and look around your surroundings," said Davis.

Merry Reid-Scheffer, a volunteer at Mobile Meals, says the shooting won't stop her from coming to the area.

"I think the benefits outweigh the risk. It seems like that kind of thing is one in a million," said Reid-Scheffer.

She says even though the shooting risk seems low, an increase in police presence would be beneficial.

"Hopefully there can be more law enforcement in the area just preventing this thing from happening," said Reid-Scheffer.

Both Reid-Scheffer and Davis hope the shooter is arrested and justice is served.

"They need to go to jail whoever it is and they need to be off the streets. If they can do a horrible crime like that, they need to be under the jail and never let out," said Davis.

If anyone in the area heard or witnessed any suspicious activity near the Malcolm Martin Park within the past 24 hours, they are asked to call the Knoxville Police Department's crime information line at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.

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