KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- 1. Witness speaks out after neighbor's home is damaged in drive-by shooting.
The Knoxville Police Department responded to a vandalism/felony call at 305 Nash Road in North Knoxville Tuesday, February 11th.
According to the incident report, officers received several calls of gun shots heard in the area. When officers arrived on scene they observed numerous empty nine millimeter casings in front of the home.
Robert Zerba was one of the people to call police. He said he was in his living room when he saw a black Cadillac Escalade pull up in front of nearby mailboxes.
"One male came out of the driver side window, sitting on the door. He reached over the top of the truck and started firing off shots," said Zerba.
The police report said the passenger continued shooting as the vehicle left East bound on Nash Road.
Zerba told Local 8 News after he made sure his family was okay, he ran outside with his cell phone to snap a picture of the vehicle.
Investigators said there were numerous bullet holes in the front and side of the home. There was also a bullet hole entering the side of a green motorcycle in the front yard.
As for the people who live at the address, they weren't inside during the shooting. In fact, Zerba said he hasn't seen them return since.
Police believe the same suspects could be involved in a similar shooting in nearby area. Anyone with information on the shooting or the black Cadillac Escalade is encouraged to call police.
2. Pentagon: US dropped largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan.
U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear weapon every used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said.
The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, unleashes 11 tons of explosives. When it was developed in the early 2000s the Pentagon did a formal review of legal justification for its combat use.
The U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said in a statement that the bomb was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time Thursday on a tunnel complex in Achin district of Nangarhar province, where the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group has been operating.
The target was close to the Pakistani border.
Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, said the bomb was dropped from a U.S. Air Force MC-130 transport, which he said had been brought to Afghanistan "some time ago" for potential use.
Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a written statement that the strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area "while maximizing the destruction" of IS fighters and facilities. He said IS has been using improvised explosive devices, bunkers and tunnels to strengthen its defenses.
"This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K," he added, using the U.S. military's acronym for the IS affiliate.
3. Man dragged from United flight suffered concussion, broken nose.
A passenger dragged from a United Express flight suffered a "significant" concussion and broken nose, and he lost two front teeth, one of his lawyers said Thursday.
Dr. David Dao has been discharged from a hospital but he will require reconstructive surgery, said attorney Thomas Demetrio, whose law firm is representing the 69-year-old Kentucky physician.
Dao was removed from the plane Sunday after he refused to give up his seat on the full flight from Chicago to Louisville to make room for four crew members. In widely distributed cellphone video , Dao can be seen being pulled from his seat and dragged away by airport police officers, his face bloodied.
One of Dao's five children, Crystal Pepper, said the family was "horrified, shocked and sickened" to learn and see what happened. She said seeing her father removed from the Sunday flight was "exacerbated" by the fact it was caught on video.
Demetrio indicated he will be filing a lawsuit on Dao's behalf, adding that airlines — and United in particular — have long "bullied" passengers by overbooking flights and then bumping customers. He said the treatment of Dao was particularly violent, but "it took something like this to get a conversation going."
4. Lady Vols taken in the 2017 WNBA Draft.
Tennessee guard Jordan Reynolds and forward Schaquilla Nunn became the Lady Vol program's 38th and 39th overall picks in the WNBA Draft, going in the second round to Atlanta and third round to San Antonio, respectively. They were the seventh and eighth players of the Holly Warlick era taken by the professional league.
Reynolds was the 19th overall pick, while Nunn went 25th in the 2017 edition of the draft, which was sponsored by State Farm and took place Thursday night at Samsung 837 in Manhattan.
The six other Lady Vols taken during Warlick's five years include: Bashaara Graves (2nd Rd., 22nd pick, Minnesota) in 2016; the trio of Isabelle Harrison (1st Rd., 12th pick, Phoenix), Cierra Burdick (2nd Rd., 14th pick, Los Angeles) and Ariel Massengale (3rd Rd., 29th pick, Atlanta) in 2015; Meighan Simmons in 2014 (3rd Rd., 26th pick, New York); and Kamiko Williams in 2013 (2nd Rd. 15th pick, New York).
5. East Tennessee Easter Events.
There are dozens of events happening in East Tennessee over the weekend. Including festivals, egg hunts and much more. Find them all here.