A Tennessee teenager has been fatally shot after defending 3 girls from incoming bullets fired by a neighborhood gang, authorities have announced.
15-year old Zaevion Dobson, who was a sophomore at Fulton High School and a talented football player, was severely injured on Thursday, December 17, at around 10:12 p.m.
The shooting took place in the 2700 block from Badgett Drive Northwest, in Knoxville, and commenced out of the blue, when three members of a gang randomly fired their weapons into the crowd.
Around a dozen individuals were targeted by the storm of bullets, one of them being Zaevion Dobson, who promptly decided to act as a human shield, protecting three girls from being wounded.
In his selfless act, the teenager was fatally shot, but succeeded in his mission to protect the others, since according to Darrell DeBusk, a representative of the Knoxville Police Department, no other people sustained any injuries.
Later that night, at around 2 a.m., police apprehended the three gunmen, who had been involved in an accident following another bullet exchange on Natchez Street, in East Knoxville.
23-year old Brandon Perry had been driving the 2002 black BMW, before ploughing it into one of Green Hills Apartments’ brick walls, the vehicle eventually coming to a halt in one of the building’s flats.
Luckily, the senior citizen who resided in apartment 1201, where the getaway car crashed, had been fast asleep in another room at the time, and survived unscathed, according to first responders who came to the rescue.
Perry on the other hand had to be rushed to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, after having been wounded by several bullets throughout the day, and was pronounced dead by the hospital’s emergency ward staff on Friday morning.
The other two men who had traveled alongside him had attempted to fled the scene following the collision, but were soon arrested by law enforcement and taken into custody.
Apparently, earlier that day another shooting had taken place at Perry’s home, in 2387 Dallas Street. At around 7:18 p.m. police officers arrived at the scene and discovered that Lisa Perry, the young man’s mother, had been injured by several bullets, who had been fired into her house.
Despite the fact that the woman sustained multiple wounds in the lower back, doctors at University of Tennessee Medical Center are of the opinion that she will make a full recovery, since none of the injuries have been determined as life-threatening.
A 10-year old girl who had also been present in the residence when the barrage of gunfire was discharged has been unharmed, police representatives have announced.
Currently, an inquest is being conducted by the Knoxville Police Department and the District Attorney General’s Office in order to determine how the turbulent events unfolded.
So far it is believed that several gangs were involved in the confrontation that caused the death of an innocent bystander, since according to witnesses bullets were fired from several vehicles during the night.
One theory is that the Badgett Drive shooting was probably an act of retaliation following the earlier Dallas Street incident where Brandon Perry’s mother was injured.
The Knoxville Police Department officials are asking anyone with relevant information pertaining to the case to contact them immediately, so as to help advance the investigation.
Meanwhile, Zaevin Dobson has been hailed as a hero for his bravery and self-abnegation, which eventually cost him his life.
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