KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A fatal shooting investigation is underway in Knoxville after officers were flagged down late Wednesday night by two cars with gunshot victims inside, according to the Knoxville Police Department. One of the victims has died while the other remains hospitalized.
KPD says that around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a home in the 2700 block of Lay Avenue in East Knoxville on a report of a shooting with a victim. While officers were en route, they were flagged down by two different car drivers with gunshot victims inside the cars at the intersection of Biddle Street and Brooks Avenue. Both the gunshot victims had fled the Lay Avenue home.
Both men were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where one, Demetrius Bomar, 40 of Knoxville, was pronounced dead and the other, Lamar Harshaw, 30, of Knoxville remains hospitalized.
KPD says that the investigation, led by KPD’s Violent Crime Units, determined that the shooting happened after Harshaw was confronted by two unknown men at a home on Lansing Avenue in what appeared to be a targeted robbery. Police say that the attempted robbery continued to the home on Lay Avenue, where Bomar and Harshaw were shot by the suspects who then fled the scene.
According to KPD, Bomar and Harshaw drove from the scene in their respective cars before stopping at the intersection of Brooks and Biddle where officers provided them aid.
Police say they are continuing to try to identify the suspects from the shooting, and that any tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers.
There are multiple ways you can provide anonymous information to Crime Stoppers. You can call 865-215-7165 or **TIPS, and go online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, via the free mobile app, P3 Tips, or on the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward.
EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated with new information.