The Knoxville Police Department is currently investigating a shooting incident involving a 21 year old male UT student who was grazed by a passing bullet while walking on 19th Street near Cumberland Avenue early on the morning of June 3, 2012.
According to a release from the University of Tennessee Police Department, officers responded to a call at 2:40 a.m. about a possible altercation at a club on Cumberland Avenue, more popularly known as the "Strip." A witness on the scene reported seeing a black male fleeing the scene, described as being around 5'11" in a gray tank top, following hearing either fireworks or a gunshot. No firearms were reported by the witness.
The victim was identified as Kwame Tyhee Willis, who had sought medical attention at approximately 4:40 a.m.
Knoxville Police Department officers spoke to Willis at 4:49 a.m. and reported in a release that Willis said he had been wounded while walking across Cumberland Avenue in front of New Amsterdam Bar and Grill.
Willis was treated for his wounds and released.
A student body wide e-mail was sent out by UTPD as a Safety Notice.
UTPD urges students to not walk alone at night, and if the need arises for assistance, to contact the police or to use one of the over 100 blue light phones on campus.