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.
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