KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department has revised its report of a shooting that occurred early Friday in the Lonsdale area, now saying that the victim is alive in critical condition after previously telling local media the victim had died.
Around 11 a.m. Friday, a press release issued by KPD said the victim of a shooting in the 1900 block of Minnesota Avenue was transported to UT Medical Center and pronounced dead. Three hours later, a KPD spokesperson amended the statement to reflect that the victim is alive and listed in critical condition as of 1 p.m.
“We deeply apologize for that error and are working to determine how that miscommunication occurred,” KPD Communications Manager Scott Erland said in a release.
Officers responded to a reported shooting in the 1900 block of Minnesota Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Friday where a male gunshot victim was found. A second man found in the area suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound has been identified as the primary suspect, a KPD release said.
*Editor’s Note: This story has been updated following an admission from Knoxville Police that they incorrectly stated that the victim in the shooting was pronounced dead at UT Medical Center.