1 dead from gunshot wound in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — One person is dead after a shooting in North Knoxville on Tuesday night.

A report was made around 11:30 p.m. about a man knocking on a door at a home in the 1600 block of Peltier Road asking for help. There, Abraham James Owens, 35, told the residents he had been shot.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Owens the ground. He had sustained more than one gunshot wound.

Owens was transported to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Investigators believe Owens met another person just before the shooting. He fled on foot and ran down Peltier Road after he was shot.

In 2016, Owens was indicted in a heroin distribution ring, according to the Knox County District Attorney’s Office. Owens, who was believed to be a member of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords street gang, faced multiple charges, including conspiring to sell heroin and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. His was scheduled to appear in court on those charges on Monday, October 16.


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