Neighborhood Reaction To Early Morning Murder

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Fountain City (WVLT) -- Neighbors are trying to understand what prompted gunfire in Fountain City just before dawn.

That gunfire killed one man, and put another in custody.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy went to that neighborhood this afternoon to find out what the neighbors were saying.

Neighbors call Highland Drive a great place to live, and they're surprised a man was killed only steps from their front doors.

"It was, you know, a little scary," said Mary Wilson who lives lives across the street from 2203-A Highland Drive

That's where Knoxville Police say officers found the body of man, shot and killed by a man they say could be his brother.

"I saw a number of police cars outside," Wilson said. "We could see the police lights coming through the windows."

Commotion not common for this block.

"It's pretty quiet around here," Wilson said.

But not with the mobile crimes unit across the street.

"It's worried my children a little bit," Wilson said.

Warren Scott lives just a few houses down.

"I'm not worried about it," Scott said. "I don't think it's going to affect our neighborhood."

That's because he's one of the captains of the neighborhood watch that is known as "Calling Tree".

"If something does happen, like someone gets broken into or gets something stolen, or something happens, they call the other block captains and it goes down the tree so the whole neighborhood's informed," Scott said.

Now he has some calls to make.

"I'm sure we'll notify people and let them know, but I don't think it's anything to be too alarmed about if it's domestic," Scott said.

Scott's not the only one who feels that way.

Despite the events of this morning, neighbors on Highland drive say they still feel safe there, in their neighborhood.

"A tragedy happened within a family and it could happen anywhere," Wilson said. "I don't think it has anything to do with our neighborhood or anything."

Still, Mary Wilson will keep doing what she did all morning, pray for her neighbors.

"As catholics we're taught to say a prayer anytime you hear a siren or ambulance because that's someone in danger," Wilson said.

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