Update: 16-year-old killed in East Knoxville shooting


Update: Knoxville Police confirmed Friday night that the person involved in the crash was a 16-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound.

The boy, a student at Austin-East Magnet High School, was in his car when shots were fired around Tarleton Avenue.

Investigators say the boy does not appear to be the intended target.

A 16-year-old Austin-East High School Magnet student was shot and killed Friday when a gunshot came through his car and struck him, authorities said.

According to a press release, Knoxville Police Department officers were told of a report of shots fired on Tarleton Avenue around 3:45 p.m. After they arrived, a crash with injuries was reported nearby at the 2500 block of Wilson Avenue.

Officers found the boy, who was the lone occupant, shot. He was unresponsive and had one wound, authorities said.

Emergency personnel began life saving efforts on him.

He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, the release said. Police said he later succumbed to his injuries. Authorities said the boy did not appear to be the target and was shot while he was leaving school.

The investigation is ongoing and there are no suspects at this time.