KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department has charged five suspects in custody after 61-year-old man was struck by a bullet while sitting at his kitchen table.
The suspects were identified as 26-year-old Deontae Green, 21-year-old Isaiah Harris, 20-year-old Kevin Wilson, 18-year-old David Niyonkuru and a 17-year-old juvenile male. Green and Niyonkuru were both found to have outstanding warrants out of Knox County, while the 17-year-old male had an outstanding juvenile petition for attempted murder.
All five suspects have been charged with attempted first-degree murder, drug violations and evading arrest.
KPD said officers responded to a shooting with a victim in the 4300 block of Joe Lewis Road around 6:15 p.m. Shots were reportedly fired from a white Chrysler PT Cruiser which then fled the scene.
Two residences were struck by gunfire and officers found a male victim in one the residences suffering from a gunshot wound.
He was transported to UT Medical Center with injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening.
A KPD release said a 61-year-old male was struck by a bullet while sitting at his kitchen table.
The suspected vehicle was located on Jourolman Avenue around 20 minutes after the incident was reported. Officers attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle attempted to evade them.
After a pursuit, the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot near the Dollar General in the 2600 block of Western Avenue.
KPD took all five occupants into custody. Upon searching the vehicle, officers discovered multiple firearms, as well as what is believed to be heroin.
All five suspects will be arraigned in Knox County criminal court on Thursday, March 25. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.