KNOXVILLE (WATE) – University of Tennessee students say they’re upset they weren’t notified that four people were shot in the Fort Sanders neighborhood until hours after it happened.
Police were called to an apartment complex on Forest Avenue around 6:25 p.m. Saturday.Previous story: Four people injured in Fort Sanders shooting
Victim Blake Cue, 23, was found on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on his torso. Alexander Elberly, 22, was found on James Agee Street near Highland Avenue with a gunshot would to his hand.
Victim Jordan Rusinek was driven to Fort Sanders Hospital with gunshot wounds to his upper legs.
Suspect Jonathon Emert, 22, was found at the base of the steps from Apartment C and what one gunshot wound to the chest. Police say there were two more suspects. The identity of the black male and white female are unknown at this time.
The only charges at this time are against 22-year-old resident Anna Foster. She is being charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm.
Some students didn’t receive a UT alert message about the incident until hours later.
“I got this email at 10:08 p.m. and it said the incident happened at 6:25 p.m. So it’s four hours later. It was really annoying,” explained Shelby Locke, who lives close to the scene.
The University of Tennessee Police Department sent a tweet at 6:55 p.m. asking students to get to a safe location and barricade themselves while police investigate.
Brady Miller, who also lives right by the scene, isn’t on Twitter. So he had no information about what happened.
“I had some friends coming over that evening and they had no idea what was going on. So I asked them to be careful because the shooter could still be out there,” Miller said.
One of several responses to UT’s tweet said, “So you don’t send out UT alerts for this #youreajoke.”
UTPD was not available for an interview on Monday, but they have apologized for the incident saying it was a one-time issue that has been addressed moving forward.
A post on their Facebook page says they “sent a UT Alert message to an internal list of personnel, which was then shared on Twitter. It was then discovered that the UT Alert text and e-mail message did not reach the entire community. By that time, police were on the scene. We apologize for the oversight.”
Students hope they won’t be left in the dark next time.
“It would be nice to get a text message when something big happens,” Miller said.
A search through the Knoxville Police Department’s crime mapping system covering half a mile around the shooting scene showed between March 9, 2014, and March 9, 2015, 67 significant crimes were reported. That includes robberies and assaults, among other incidents.
The same period from 2013 to 2014 had 60 crimes in the same categories.