Man shot when gun discharged at West Knox County apartment complex

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(WBIR - Knoxville) Knox County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sunday evening that one man was shot in the leg after a gun discharged in an apartment at the Reserve at Westland.

KCSO said in a release that 19-year-old Robert H. Gibson was handling a gun when it discharged, striking 18-year-old Thomas Peyton Montgomery in the leg. 

Montgomery then went to a neighboring apartment and borrowed a phone to call his parents, who then picked him up and took him to Parkwest Medical Center.

Gibson and 18-year-old Justin Gore, who had been inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, fled after the gun discharged. KCSO said the pair later returned to the scene.

The victim's injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

The three teens were guests of the two women living in the apartment, although the women were not home during the incident.

KCSO said none of the men involved have permanent addresses.

No charges have been filed, but KCSO said the investigation is ongoing.

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Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff's Office spent Sunday afternoon at The Reserve at Westland apartment complex responding to a report of shot(s) fired.

Witnesses told 10News they heard a gunshot come from a second floor apartment around 1:30 Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses said they spotted a trail of blood leading from the apartment door to the sidewalk.

A 10News crew on the scene saw authorities perform a gun shot residue test on one man who was then taken away.

Forensics crews and deputies were in the apartment for approximately 3 hours.

Authorities left the scene shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday and were seen taking away an interior apartment door that had a mark and crime scene tape on it.



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