Halloween shooting kills one

Source: KPD

This year’s death toll from violence on the streets of Knoxville continued to mount with the fatal shooting of a man in the Burlington neighborhood on Halloween.

Officers from the Knoxville Police Department were dispatched to a reported shooting with a victim at a house in the 4100 block of Catalpa Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, said KPD spokesperson Scott Erland. 

When the officers arrived at the East Knoxville residence they found the victim, who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound, Erland said. He was later pronounced dead at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

“KPD Violent Crimes Unit investigators responded to the scene and are currently in the early stages of the investigation. There are no suspects in custody at this time and the circumstances that led to the shooting are still being investigated,” he said.

The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released, pending notification of his next-of-kin.

Sunday’s killing brought 2021 another step closer to being the bloodiest year since Knoxville’s police department began keeping track of homicide statistics. 

The most recent slaying was either the 36th or 38th to occur in the Knoxville city limits this year, depending on how the numbers are compiled.

According to KPD’s statistics — which don’t include officer-involved shootings — the number of homicides would be 36. 

Hard Knox Wire, however, includes officer-involved shootings. Under that criteria, Monday’s incident would be Knoxville’s 38th homicide of 2021.

Regardless of which count is used, if the violence continues at its current pace, then 2021 will be the city’s deadliest year on record by far.

The unprecedented rise in the homicide rate began when the number of killings shot up from 22 in 2019 to 37 in 2020, according to KPD’s numbers.  

Prior to 2020, the bloodiest year on record was 1998, when 35 people were killed.

Published on November 1, 2021.