Chase, shooting leads to arrest

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Clifton Hall

A man accused of chasing two other men in a pickup truck and trying to shoot them in South Knoxville was arrested Thursday.

Clifton Hall, 33, was taken into custody at 7300 Smoky Falls Way on two charges of attempted second-degree murder for the shooting, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland.

On March 29, two men (who were only identified by police as “the victim and the witness”) were traveling northbound on Alcoa Highway near John Sevier Highway in a pickup truck when they encountered Hall, who was also driving northbound in a silver Chevrolet Impala, Erland said. 

Hall allegedly started to follow them and tried to run them off the road, Erland said. Hall continued to chase the men until they reached the area of Fourth Avenue and Gillespie Avenue, at which point he opened fire on them with a 9mm pistol. One round hit the driver in the right shoulder. 

“Hall reportedly continued to aggressively chase the victim and witness until they arrived in the 2700 block of Copeland Avenue, where the suspect fired several more rounds before leaving the scene. Several rounds fired by the defendant struck and damaged the victim’s vehicle and house,” Erland said.

It wasn’t clear what the motive was for the shooting.

Investigators with KPD’s Violent Crimes Unit identified Hall as the suspect and warrants were obtained for two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Published on May 7, 2021