Two in critical condition after man shoots up W. Knoxville Hooters

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Knoxville (WVLT) – Police are searching for the man that fire gun shots into the Hooters on Kingston Pike early Saturday morning.

It happened just before 1:00 AM when according to investigators, a man in his mid-20s got in an argument with an employee over his tab.

A restaurant manager waved the mans tab and told him to leave, but after exiting the restaurant he pulled out a .40 caliber hand gun and started firing shots at the building.

At the same time, a customer was walking out the front door and was hit.

A manager inside the restaurant was also struck by a bullet.

Both were taken to the UT Medical Center in critical condition.

The suspect was seen fleeing the restaurant on foot.

He is described as a white male, 6’0 180 lbs with a slender build.

Witnesses say he was unshaven, missing his front teeth, and wearing blue jeans with rhinestones and a black jacket, also with rhinestones.

He also had a backpack with him and was wearing heavy jewelry around his neck.

The names of the victims have not been released.

We will bring you more on this developing story tonight on Volunteer TV News at 6:00.

If you have any information about the shooter, the police ask that you call the KPD tip line at 865-215-2712

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