Police search for nightclub shooting suspects

By: Conroy Delouche Email
By: Conroy Delouche Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Four people wounded in the gunfire outside the Copa Cabana nightclub in south Knoxville.

But police are having a tough time nailing down a suspect. Officers say no victims or witnesses are cooperating with the investigation.

The only description anyone has right now is someone driving away in an older green Cadillac with nice rims.

Pam Hafer and her husband opened Express Cash along Chapman Highway about ten years ago. The pawn shop is one of several stores that share the property with Copa Cabana.

They and many other stores close up between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. The one place that stays open late is Copa Cabana, which is right next door.

"The whole parking lot's, the whole center, is packed with cars," said Hafer.

Even though she was long gone on Friday, Hafer and others said the Saturday morning shootings are terrifying to think about.

"Well it's scary to open up the next morning, by yourself," said Hafer.

This is not the first time Copa Cabana has been a crime scene.

"There was a shooting there in June of last year, a couple of teenagers were charged in that. So there have been issues in and around that club," said Darrell DeBusk, public information officer for the Knoxville Police Department.

Outside of a few broken bottles and trash left behind by customers, Hafer says she's had no issues with the nightclub in the past.

"They don't bother us, we get along. We really don't even talk to them," said Hafer.

Despite the recent shooting and a break-in to her store last week, Hafer says the strip is a safe place. In fact, she insists the biggest problem she's faced is how the Henley Street Bridge construction has affected her business.

The victims identified are Daniel Hensley, Clifford Thomas, Cortez Beasley, and DeShawn Williams.

If you have any information about the shooting, you should call the police tipline 865-215-7212.

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