Another day, another death

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First responders on the scene of a shooting death on Louise Avenue last week. Source: Knoxville Police Department

Knoxville’s continuing bloodbath has seen two killings in as many days this week and shows no signs of abating anytime soon. 

An East Knoxville woman was allegedly shot and killed by her sister during a domestic dispute about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. Only 27 hours earlier and four blocks away, a man had been found shot to death in his pickup truck on a narrow side street.

Police have disclosed little about either case, but there were no outward indications that the shootings were connected in any way.

The woman who was mortally wounded on Wednesday afternoon in the front yard of a house near Austin-East Magnet High School was Knoxville’s 19th homicide victim of 2021.

Police officers were dispatched to 2924 Sunset Avenue at 4:15 p.m. on a report that someone had been shot, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland.

“Upon arrival, an adult female was found in the front yard of the residence suffering from at least one gunshot wound,” Erland said. 

The woman, whose identity wasn’t released, was rushed to the University of Tennessee Medical Center but “extensive life-sustaining efforts proved unsuccessful” and she was pronounced dead around 6:45 p.m. he said.

“The preliminary investigation determined that the shooting occurred during a domestic altercation and that the female suspect fled the scene in a vehicle following the shooting,” Erland continued. “A short time after the shooting, the suspect, who is the sister of the victim, turned herself into Violent Crimes Unit investigators.”

The suspect, who was identified as 32-year-old Dayeshia Hall, was charged with voluntary manslaughter, employing a firearm during a dangerous felony and reckless endangerment, according to Erland.

Police on Tuesday also released the name of a man who was found shot to death the previous day at a nearby address.

Muhammad Allen, 41, was found dead about 1:15 p.m. Monday in a pickup truck that was in front of a house at 2710 Louise Avenue. Police have released no information about possible suspects or a motive but have asked the public to help solve the crime by contacting East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

In addition to the 19 homicides in the city limits of Knoxville so far this year, there have been five killings in the unincorporated areas of the county under the jurisdiction of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

In every one of those 24 homicides the victim was slain by a gun, according to police.

As of this time last year (the bloodiest year since crime statistics were kept) there had been only 13 killings in the city. There was a total of 37 homicides in Knoxville in 2020, more than the previous high of 35 in 1998. 

J.J. Stambaugh can be reached at jjstambaugh@hardknoxwire.com

Published on May 19, 2021