UT students thankful after bullets fly into Cumberland Avenue apartment

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A pair of University of Tennessee students are thankful to be alive after bullets from an early Saturday morning shooting rang out near campus.

Bystanders told Knoxville Police that a group of male subjects fired around 20 to 30 rounds near the Cumberland Avenue and 19th Street intersection from a vehicle and then fled north on 19th around 2:40 a.m.

“Our ceiling is wrecked. Our blinds are wrecked. We’ve got drywall everywhere, but we’re pretty fortunate. We’re really lucky,” Holt Olson said.

Olson and his roommate Cooper Thomas were inside their Tenn Student Living Apartment when they say bullets pierced through the window.

“It sounded like someone was hammering something into my door; it was that loud,” Thomas said. “In the moment it sounded like a video game. It took me a couple of minutes, maybe about 10 minutes, to realize this was real life and I almost died,” Olson said.

The pair is thankful things didn’t turn out worse.

“This was serious; closest I’ve come to death,” Olson said.

There were no injuries reported, however, one unoccupied vehicle was damaged along with an apartment interior at Tennessee Student Living Center.

The Knoxville Police Department asks for anyone with information to call 865-215-7212.


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