Authorities seeking 2 ‘persons of interest’ after fatal Powell shooting

Deputies are searching for 2 men in black Ford Mustang

POWELL, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says one person is dead and another in stable condition after a shooting Tuesday evening near Powell High School.

Deputies say around 6 p.m., a 911 caller said a black Ford Mustang was chasing a white Chrysler Sebring. A passenger in the Mustang was shooting at the Sebring with a handgun. The chase started on Clinton Highway near Powell Drive, according to deputies, and ended when the Sebring stopped in the 2500 block of Emory Road.

The driver and passenger of the Sebring were both shot. Cameron Smith, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, Lucas Halliburton, 20, was transported to UT Medical Center with what deputies said was a single gunshot wound.

Friends of Smith say it was crushing news to learn of his death. They say he was funny, incredibly smart, kind, caring and down to earth.

“He was always there for you. He was a really good friend, he was there to talk to. He talked to me about a bunch of my problems. He was always right there standing with me and I just wish I had more time with him,” said Tyler Cargile.

Deputies have not yet determined a motive for the shooting. Major Mike Maclean with KCSO says they interviewed Halliburton.

“He had no idea why anyone would be shooting at him, his friend, or the vehicle,” said Maclean.

Friends of Smith say they have that same question.

“I just don’t see why somebody would do that to two innocent people. It just doesn’t make sense,” added Cargile.

KCSO is asking for help to find a 2006-08 black Ford Mustang. Deputies said they had recovered a black Ford Mustang at a church off Cherry Street, but they don’t yet know if it was the one involved.

The sheriff’s office says they are looking for two persons of interest. Both should be considered armed and dangerous.

“I’m asking why and I just want justice for my friend, you know? I just want them to find the person who shot him,” said Cargile.

They are asking any businesses who may have surveillance video of the chase or shooting to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call (865) 215-2243.

Investigators say only Smith and Halliburton were hurt in this shooting.

“There was some concern because there were a couple other vehicles that caught bullet fragments or a round itself,” said Major Maclean.

Smith’s friends say they’re hoping to plan a memorial in the coming days.

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