One man injured in armed robbery attempt at East Magnolia pawn shop, police seek suspect

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A pawn shop security guard has suffered a gunshot wound and another man believed to be connected to an armed robbery attempt is at large, according to Knoxville police.

Emergency crews and law enforcement responded to a shooting at a Cash America Pawn location Friday afternoon along East Magnolia Avenue just before 5 p.m.

One man, who was identified as a security guard, was injured with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to KPD officials. He is being treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect fled the scene.

Police, with the assistance of Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies, were canvassing the area in search of the suspect, who is described as a black male, 5’10” tall wearing a tan hooded jacket and red ball cap.

Police officials saying Friday evening that the armed robbery attempt saw shots fired and during the incident, the 50-year-old male security guard suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to the UT Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

Knoxville police spokesman Scott Erland speaks on armed robbery attempt

Dispatch confirmed to WATE 6 On Your Side Friday just before 5 p.m. that police, fire and emergency crews were responding to reports of shots fired in the 2100 block of East Magnolia Avenue. The call originally came in around 4:19 p.m. as an armed robbery in progress.

KPD later saying that the incident was under investigation by the KPD Violent Crimes Unit.

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