KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A woman was taken to the hospital after police say she was shot by the owner of a car wash when she and another man were spotted stealing money from a change machine.
Knoxville police were called to the Buggy Bath Car Wash on Asheville Highway just before 3 p.m. on Monday.
Officers say a man and woman were stealing money from the change machine when the business owner, 44-year-old Richard Mitchell, confronted them. The suspects then fled in a pickup truck. They were later identified as Kelly Ramsey, 40, and James Burch, 53.
As they were driving away, the Mitchell apparently fired several shots at the truck, one of which hit the Ramsey in the arm.
Mitchell’s mother, Irma Mitchell, 72, told police when Bruch appeared to be driving toward her son, she fired her revolver at both the truck and the Ramsey, hitting her in the right arm, as she attempted to leave on foot.
Ramsey, who was found by police in a parking lot of a nearby business, was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment for what officers said are minor wounds.
Officers then spotted the truck on Magnolia Avenue near Cherry Street.
Burch and Ramsey were charged with theft and vandalism.
The Knox County District Attorney General’s Office will review the case to determine if any additional charges will be placed or if anyone else will be charged in this incident.