Juvenile shooting victim identified as former Austin-East High School student

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting after a juvenile gunshot victim arrived at the hospital in a personal vehicle where he later died.

Officers responded to UT Medical Center around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar 9 where a juvenile male victim arrived via a personal vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers learned the victim died from his injuries around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Mar 10.

A family member confirmed the victim was 15-year-old Jamarion ‘Lil DaDa’ Gillette. A Knox County Schools spokesperson confirmed Gillette was a former Austin-East High School who last attended the school in September of last year.

Three other Austin-East High School students have been fatally shot in 2021.

It is unknown at this time where the shooting occurred. Police said the investigation remains in the preliminary stages at this time.

It is the latest in a string of shootings involving Knoxville’s youth.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to call the KPD Crime and Drug Hotline at 865-215-7212. Tips can be submitted anonymously.

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