Police ID victims in Copa Cabana shooting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Authorities have identified the four people injured in a shooting a Knoxville nightclub early Saturday morning.

Daniel Hensley, 32; Clifford Thomas, 28; Cortez Beasley, 28; and DeShawn Williams, 20, were all taken to U.T. Medical Center. One of them was taken by ambulance and was listed in serious condition, while the other three sustained what were described as non-life-threatening wounds. Police say the four people were all shot in their arms and legs.

Knoxville Police say so far there are no suspects in the incident, and they noted that none of the victims were cooperating.

The shooting allegedly occurred at the Copa Cabana on Chapman Highway, shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. Police say the club was closed and people were in the parking lot when someone pulled out a gun and began shooting.

The only description given to police was of the getaway car, which was an older green Cadillac.

If you have information, call the crime/drug hotline at 215-7212.


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  • by Andrew Location: Maynardville on Oct 14, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    food for thought in the bible it all took place in the middle east which are full of darker skinned people now do you think jesus was white do you think he was the only white guy there if so your sorely mistaken
  • by Linda Location: Knoxville on Oct 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    What would race matter anyway? We are ALL God's children, And for a fact I know of one of these young men (STILL SOMEONES CHILD) he is African American and NOT Hispanic, but if he were Hispanic then geeze Border Patrol? What are you doing this Sunday? I invite you to go to a Church, And see IF GOD SEE'S A COLOR IN THE HUMAN RACE? God be with you and maybe reading a Bible can help enhance your thoughts.
  • by Poolio on Oct 2, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    There is a specific race destroying the world. The human race! Duh!
  • by FYI Location: powell on Oct 2, 2011 at 02:57 PM
    actually, mexicans were not involved what so ever. it was all black people that were shot and im guessin it was black people that shot at them. not trying to be racist but you have to get your facts together before speaking. just as there are bad black people, there are bad mexicans and bad white people. its not just one specific race ruining man kind. just saying.
  • by Sotuh Knoxville Resident Location: South Knox on Oct 2, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    That place has always been a bad spot ever since Cas Walker closed his store.It will continue to be a bad spot until the City can do without the Tax Revenue from the Alcohol. Maybe the Border Patrol needs to step in and close that place down.

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