One charged in early morning shooting; police searching for two more

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A teenager who was taken into custody shortly after police learned of a shooting in west Knoxville early Friday morning has been charged, a Knoxville Police spokesperson announced that afternoon.

The fourteen year-old wasn't identified by authorities. He was charged with Aggravated Battery, Attempted Aggravated Burglary, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony and was taken to the Juvenile Detention Facility, police said.

The victim was identified earlier as 23 year-old Elrem Muqiqi. He was found in the 4300 block of Kingston Pike and has already been treated and released

Police investigations so far indicate that Muqiqi confronted three people as they tried to break into a relative's apartment. That's when one of the suspects fired, hitting Muqiqi in the arm.

An officer responding to the call about a shooting found found the teen as he was trying to get away. The gun authorities think was used to shoot Muqiqi was discovered around 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of a business on Sutherland Ave.

Investigators are still trying to track down two men they think were with the teen at the time of the shooting. One was described as tall and thin with a brown hoody, while the other one was around 5'9" with short hair and a slim build.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Knoxville Police Dept.'s crime information line at 865-215-7212.


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