KPD identifies at-large suspect in fatal East Knoxville shooting

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — UPDATE, 9:30 a.m. NOV. 9, 2020 – The Knoxville Police Department has identified the suspect in a fatal East Knoxville shooting who remains at large at this time.

Eric Bolden, 46. Photo: Knoxville Police Department

Eric Bolden, 46, of Knoxville, has been charged with second-degree murder and felon in possession of a weapon in connection to the fatal shooting of 41-year-old Lemuel Appling that occurred on October 28 in the 2900 block of Hillside Avenue.

Bolden is not in custody at this time. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is urged to call the KPD Crime and Drug Hotline at 865-215-7212. Tipsters can remain anonymous.   

Investigators determined Bolden and Appling were engaged in a verbal argument in the street when Bolden displayed a firearm and shot Appling in the chest.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — UPDATE, 2:40 p.m. Oct. 29, 2020 — Knoxville Police has identified the victim in last night’s fatal shooting on Hillside Avenue.

KPD says the man has been identified as Lemuel Appling, 41, of Detroit, Michigan.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knoxville Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred late Wednesday on Hillside Avenue.

According to a release from the Knoxville Police Department, around 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, KPD officers responded to the 2900 block of Hillside Avenue for a reported shooting with a victim.

Arriving officers found a male victim in the roadway suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

KPD’s Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene to begin the investigation, which remains in the preliminary stages.

There is no suspect information at this time and the identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, KPD said.

KPD is asking that anyone with information concerning the incident is urged to call the KPD Crime and Drug Hotline at 865-215-7212.

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