JCSO: Shooting victim identified, suspect in custody


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in New Market Saturday night.  

In a Facebook post, JCSO said patrol deputies, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division and New Market police officers were on the scene at the 2400 block of Old Andrew Johnson Hwy. Deputies said two men had an argument over the phone earlier Saturday, before crossing paths on Old Andrew Johnson Highway where an altercation ensued and led to the shooting.

JCSO identified the victim as 51-year-old Charles Lowery, who was transported to UT Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. On Sunday, the sheriff’s office said his condition was listed as stable in the trauma intensive care unit.

Deputies said the suspect, identified as 26-yeard-old Troy James Wells Jr., fled the scene to a residence on Pride Lane where he was located and taken into custody. Wells has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to JCSO, and is currently at Jefferson County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with additional information.

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