Vinson a witness in shooting; police searching for Ramar Smith in home invasion

Ramar Smith

Ramar Smith

Brent Vinson

Brent Vinson

A Tuesday night shooting at a South Knoxville apartment complex left one person in critical condition and police were trying to determine if the incident was connected to an earlier home invasion robbery that allegedly involved a former University of Tennessee basketball player.

Authorities were called to a reported shooting at Woodlands Townhouses of Knoxville, 3700 Spruce Ridge Way, at about 11:41 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

They found Charles Corn, age unavailable, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the living room of his apartment, according to KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk. "There were several other individuals in the apartment at the time" of the shooting, he said.

Witnesses told police that two men were seen leaving the area after the shooting.

DeBusk declined to say what type of firearm was used or where on his body Corn was shot. Corn was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.

Among the witnesses in the apartment was 22-year-old Brent Vinson, a defensive back with the UT football team.

Vinson gave a statement to police but is not considered a suspect, said KPD Investigator A.J. Loeffler. "He's just a witness," Loeffler said.

DeBusk said police were searching for former Vols basketball player Ramar Smith, 21, in connection with a home invasion robbery that took place Monday in North Knoxville but couldn't say if the two incidents were related.

DeBusk said police want to question Smith about the Monday robbery at Steeplechase Apartments, 5800 Central Avenue Pike. DeBusk said something was stolen during that home invasion, but he declined to identify what was taken.

Smith is from Mount Clemens, Mich., and was dismissed last year from the team by UT coach Bruce Pearl. Sources at that time told the News Sentinel that the dismissal resulted from Smith's violation of UT's substance abuse policy and academic shortcomings.

Prior to his dismissal, Smith had been an All-SEC freshman selection. After his departure, Smith had been playing basketball in Europe.

Don Jacobs may be reached at 865-342-6345. J.J. Stambaugh may be reached at 865-342-6307.

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Comments » 15

coach75 writes:

if involved vinson must go. pearl knew what he was doing when he got rid of ramar.

hotrodvol writes:

It sounds like Vinson is hanging out with the worng crowd. I mean really how many people have witnessed a shooting? This is not good, Vinson is probably the 12th player to leave the team.

How many lives does this cat have?

prideofthesouthland writes:

Who cares what I say?

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

What are you doing with that crowd Vinson? Seriously, I don't get it. It could've been him just as easily.

Volfan1 writes:

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bluetick writes:

Yea for real. How can they miss a mugshot like that on the streets? If this guy is earning a living playing BBall then why is he robbing people?

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

I never knew that Ramar Smith used the same hair stylist as Don King!

IBleedOrange444 writes:

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Ramar's actions are a stupid as that halfro he is sporting.

gnm53108 writes:

Hope Brent is in the clear.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to coach75:

if involved vinson must go. pearl knew what he was doing when he got rid of ramar.

Was he the player that followed him down? Wasn't he already committed to the the WIS school? He is a Pearl kid though.

ClassicVol (Inactive) writes:

Shouldn't this be on the front page and not the sports page?

Brama writes:

What is Romar Smith Doing back in Knoxville

QCVol writes:

Brama, I'm wondering the same sht!!! Of all the cities in the nation, he chooses to come back to lil ol K town...does he not know that everybody knows everybody down here??? And why in the hell do they have that buckwheat photo of his azzzzzz LOLOLOL...

VOLFORLIFE writes:

in response to teampenny#658108:

Was he the player that followed him down? Wasn't he already committed to the the WIS school? He is a Pearl kid though.

No, teampenny, Smith is from Michigan. I can't think of the kid's name right now who followed Pearl and who had committed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but he dislocated his knee before this past season and didn't play until very late in the season, and then only in mop-up duty. Dadgum, I wish I could think of his name! Big 6' 9" white kid.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

VOLFORLIFE writes:

in response to VOLFORLIFE:

No, teampenny, Smith is from Michigan. I can't think of the kid's name right now who followed Pearl and who had committed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but he dislocated his knee before this past season and didn't play until very late in the season, and then only in mop-up duty. Dadgum, I wish I could think of his name! Big 6' 9" white kid.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

Somebody help me with this name! Tempenny's driving me nuts here!

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

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