UPDATE: Man killed, second still hospitalized in W. Knoxville Hooters shooting

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Knoxville (WVLT) – Police have confirmed one person has died from injuries he received in a shooting at the West Knoxville Hooters restaurant early Saturday morning.

The victim was Stacey Sherman, 35 of Applegate, Michigan.

Sherman is believed to have been in town with family for the holidays.

A second victim, Kris Key, 24 is a manager at the restaurant.

He was last reported in serious condition early Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile police are still searching for suspect.

It happened just before 1:00 AM Saturday morning 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 man’s tab and told him to leave, but after exiting, he pulled out a .40 caliber hand gun and started firing shots at the building.

That's when he struck both Sherman and Key.

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.

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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