Drug related shooting in North Knoxville home leaves 2 injured a

Drug related shooting in North Knoxville home leaves 2 injured and 1 dead

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It happened around 2:30 a.m. on the 2800 block of Valley View Drive. It happened around 2:30 a.m. on the 2800 block of Valley View Drive.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two people were injured and one killed early Thursday morning in a drug related home invasion and shooting in North Knoxville. Four people, including one of those shot, were later arrested and charged with murder.

The Knoxville Police Department reports the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on the 2800 block of Valley View Drive. KPD officers arrived on the scene and discovered John Huddleston, 21, and Sydney Smith, 18, suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were transported to UT Medical Center where Huddleston died. Smith was treated for a non-life threatening leg injury. A pit bull inside the residence was also shot and killed.

A neighbor, Matthew Gilman, says he was the one to call for help. "I saw Jeremiah coming down the street, and I ran over to see what was going on, and he told me to call 911 because his roommate had been shot," said Gilman.

After KPD's initial response to the scene at approximately 3:46 a.m., KPD Officer Sam Henard was working on an assignment when he saw the vehicle belonging to a suspected shooter on Oak Branch near Valley View. A traffic stop was conducted and four males were detained for questioning. 

One of the four, Rodrick Curtis, 19, had a minor gunshot wound to the arm. He was treated at UT Medical Center before being turned over to police.

The other three suspects have been identified as Braylen Bennett, 21, Charles Byrd, 23, and Melvin King, 23. All four were placed into custody and have been charged with first degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery, especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

All four are being held on $1,075,000 bond.

Police say all of the suspects and the five individuals who were inside the residence at the time of the robbery were acquaintances in high school. Robbery and drugs appear to have been the motive for the targeted incident.

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