Knoxville juvenile facing attempted murder charge after apartment complex shooting

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A 17-year-old is facing an attempted murder charge after Knoxville Police responded to a shooting early Thursday.

KPD officers responded to a report of shots fired around 1 a.m. Thursday at the 414 Flats Apartments on Forest Park Boulevard.

A 19-year-old female and 23-year-old male indicated that they had just arrived home when they were confronted by an unknown male, who fired multiple shots at their vehicle. The two were not struck by the gunfire and fled the scene.

The 17-year-old suspect was apprehended by police without incident shortly after officers arrived at the scene. The suspect was found in possession of a 9mm handgun.

Cody Dobbs, a resident of the building, said that he at first didn’t know there was a shooting. He thought a transformer blew during the storms.

The sound woke him up, but he didn’t think anything of it until the fire alarms went off and the building was evacuated.

That’s when he saw the first-floor windows.

“We noticed that the windows had actually been shot out and actually, just completely demolished about both exits,” Dobbs said.

Dobbs said he knew the victims because they would pet his dog whenever they passed by.

Dobbs said he was thankful that they weren’t shot and thankful that no one was in the lobby at the time.

“The scary part, I think, about it is, that that could’ve been any of us that walked through that,” Dobbs said. “Those are our main entrances to get in and outside of that building because there’s only two elevators.

“So, we only have two entrances to go through, so had that been any of us, or myself included, or any of our residents walking through that (gun)fire, not knowing what happened, they could’ve been impacted by that as well.”

Dobbs also said that there are a few units on the first floor, but fortunately, the bullets weren’t close to them.

He said that better security measures could’ve made him and his neighbors safer.

The parking lot has a gate, but it doesn’t have a lock, and there are no security cameras.

“That gate, I do wish it had a lock on it or if it was a fob, that way it kind of prevents outsiders that are walking or passing by, from getting in, because that, to me, is a second sense of security I think the new management team could enforce. That just gives us peace of mind,” Dobbs said.

Juvenile petitions for attempted first-degree murder and prohibited handgun possession were placed on file for the suspect.

The Violent Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate.

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