The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who fired shots at his ex-girlfriend on Wednesday morning while she drove in West Knox County.
The sheriff said the woman was pulling out of the Weigel’s at Middlebrook Pike and Ball Camp Pike around 9 a.m. when the man fired at her car. The sheriff said he continued to shoot at her as she fled on Ball Camp Pike. He eventually stopped firing as she was driving on Chert Pit Road.
The woman pulled into the Weigel’s near Middlebrook Pike and Cedar Bluff Road — about 3.5 miles from where the shooting began — and ran inside for help. The woman was shot at least once in the abdomen, but her injuries were not life-threatening. She was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.
The sheriff’s office says the public is not in danger because the suspect was shooting at his ex-girlfriend, not at random cars. The man is suspected to be driving a dark-colored, four-door car, possibly a Chevrolet.
Deputies were gathered around the woman’s car at Weigel’s on Cedar Bluff collecting evidence. The car had multiple bullet holes in the driver’s side door. Deputies were also seen near Ball Camp Elementary School collecting evidence.
When the incident was first reported, Ball Camp Elementary, Cedar Bluff Elementary and Middle, and Hardin Valley Elementary and Academy were placed on soft lockdown for about 20 minutes. Amherst Elementary and Karns Middle were placed on lockdown later on Wednesday as the investigation unfolded. Those schools remained on lockdown as of 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The following message was sent to Hardin Valley Academy parents. Parents of students at other schools received similar emails.
I want to inform you about another situation that occurred in the community this morning and what we did out of an abundance of caution. There was a situation that was unfolding on Middlebrook Pike that was being handled by law enforcement. Because of that, Hardin Valley Academy was placed on a soft lockdown. When on a soft lockdown, we go about business as usual in the building but do not allow our students or staff to leave the building to go outside for any reason. The lockdown lasted less than 20 minutes and classroom instruction was not interrupted.
Thank you for your support and patience as we work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
If you have any information about what happened, you are asked to call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at (865) 215-2243.