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Investigators Continuing to Seek Info Regarding Fatal Shooting of 16-Year-Old Austin-East Student  
Knoxville Police Department investigators are continuing to seek information regarding the shooting on February 12, 2021 that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Austin-East student.

Continued investigative efforts and surveillance video near the scene revealed that there were numerous individuals, most of which appear to be fellow Austin-East students, who likely witnessed all or some of the shooting. At this stage of the investigation, no witnesses have come forward with information. 

In their ongoing efforts to identify and locate the suspect or suspects responsible for this act, investigators request that any student, parent or community member with information that is possibly relevant to the investigation contact the Knoxville Police Department by phone at 865-215-7212 or email at violentcrimes@knoxvilletn.gov. The KPD also encourages parents of Austin-East students to speak with their kids about what they might have witnessed or know about the shooting. Tips can be made anonymously.

“Now more than ever, we need to band together as a community,” Chief of Police Eve Thomas said. “These senseless acts of violence cannot and should not be tolerated under any circumstances, and we all must work towards the common goal of holding the individuals who perpetuate this type of violence accountable for their actions. I urge anyone who might have information that can assist our investigative efforts to come forward and talk to someone, whether that be our investigators, a trusted community member or school administrator.”  

As of 2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been charged in connection to the shooting. Updates will be provided as they become available. 
Posted by serland On 15 February, 2021 at 2:51 PM  

 
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