East Knoxville shooting victim identified

East Knoxville shooting victim identified, family says he had no enemies

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Police say Jack Hutchins, Jr., 52, was shot in front of 1715 Woodbine Avenue around 8:37 p.m. Saturday as he was getting out of his pick-up truck. Police say Jack Hutchins, Jr., 52, was shot in front of 1715 Woodbine Avenue around 8:37 p.m. Saturday as he was getting out of his pick-up truck.
"We heard him pull up, but he never came in. Then we heard shots, about four or five, maybe six," Hutchins' fiance's mother Ruth Campbell. "We heard him pull up, but he never came in. Then we heard shots, about four or five, maybe six," Hutchins' fiance's mother Ruth Campbell.
"There's no reason for this to have happened. My father was a good man. Everyone around here knows him," Eric Hutchins said. "There's no reason for this to have happened. My father was a good man. Everyone around here knows him," Eric Hutchins said.
"That man didn't harm anybody. Loved everybody, everybody loved him," neighbor Sammy Frady said. "That man didn't harm anybody. Loved everybody, everybody loved him," neighbor Sammy Frady said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police have identified the man shot in front of his home on Woodbine Avenue Saturday night.

Police say Jack Hutchins, Jr., 52, was shot in front of 1715 Woodbine Avenue around 8:37 p.m. Saturday as he was getting out of his pick-up truck. Police say he had just returned from picking up dinner for his family.

Friends and family say they have no idea why this happened. They say he was a hard working family man who was well liked around the neighborhood.

Hutchins' fiance's mother Ruth Campbell described the scene the night of his death.

"We heard him pull up, but he never came in. Then we heard shots, about four or five, maybe six," Campbell said.

The dinner he was bringing home for his family still sat near his truck hours after the shooting.

"Just a normal night, come in from work, went to get something to eat, and they killed him," Campbell said.

Hutchins leaves behind several children. The oldest is Eric Hutchins, 18.

"There's no reason for this to have happened. My father was a good man. Everyone around here knows him," Eric Hutchins said.

"That man didn't harm anybody. Loved everybody, everybody loved him," neighbor Sammy Frady said.

Frady says Hutchins was a great dad who worked hard as a self-employed carpenter.

"The man worked seven days a week. They killed a good man for no reason," Frady said.

The Hutchins family lived in the neighborhood for years.

"This one incident doesn't make me feel unsafe in my neighborhood. It just makes me wonder about the people who live around me," Eric Hutchins said.

The truck still sat Monday in the same spot where Hutchins parked it moments before he was shot. 

"Honestly none of us even have the heart to move the truck yet. That's going to be a hard one," Eric said.

Investigators are currently following leads, but still need help from the community.

Anyone with information on the incident or who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the Woodbine Avenue area is asked to call the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.

The Parkridge neighborhood will have a candlelight vigil outside of Hutchins' home Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

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