Shooting suspect released from hospital, placed into police custody

Update: February 7, 2014

Brandon Middlebrook, 25, was released from UT Medical Center Friday evening then immediately placed into police custody.

Officers say he was interviewed by investigators before being taken to the Knox County Intake Center.

Middlebrook faces multiple charges, including two counts of attempted first degree murder, after a shooting in the Fort Sanders neighborhood near UT's campus Tuesday evening.

Two people were found shot multiple times in an apartment on 13th Street, then Middlebrook was found a short time later a few blocks away in a parking lot with a gunshot wound.

Officers say Middlebrook has a criminal history that includes charges of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary, theft, aggravated assault, vandalism and attempted robbery.

His bond has been set at over $1 million.

Update: February 5, 2014

Knoxville Police will charge a Knoxville man with a shooting near the UT campus Tuesday night.

According to KPD, the shooting in an apartment on 13th Street in the Fort Sanders neighborhood was reported just after 8 pm. When they arrived at the apartment, they found a man and woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The apartment resident, Aundre Buford, 21, and Macee Peterkin, 21, were both transported to UT Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. They are expected to survive. Another woman in the apartment was not injured.

Officers also discovered another man, Brandon Middlebrook, 25, in a parking lot on 21st Street near Highland Avenue. He had also been shot, and was transported to UT Medical Center, where he is being treated. When he is released, KPD said he will be arrested and charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, one count of aggravated robbery, and possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony. He has a criminal history that includes charges of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary, theft, aggravated assault, vandalism and attempted robbery.

After the shooting, officers got a search warrant for the apartment. Investigators found 2 ounces of marijuana, digital scales, plastic baggies, a marijuana grinder and pipe, and some ammunition. No weapons were found in the apartment, but a handgun was found in the parking lot of the apartment complex that police believe was used in the shooting.

Investigators hope to be able to talk to the victims on Wednesday to determine if anyone else was involved. Charges related to the items found in the apartment are pending.

KPD said the victims and the suspect were acquaintances. Investigators said Peterkin was a current UT student. Buford is a former student, and Middlebrook did not go to UT.

Previous story: February 4, 2014

Knoxville police say three people were shot in the Fort Sanders neighborhood near UT Tuesday evening at approximately 8:11 p.m. They have all been transported to UT Medical Center.

KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk said a male and a female were shot multiple times inside an apartment at 215 13th Street. He says a third person was also shot multiple times at 21st and Highland.

DeBusk said police believe the victims and suspects knew each other and were targeted. He said all three victims are expected to survive.

KPD has not released any information about suspects at this time. They are working to obtain a search warrant to gain access to the apartment.

UTPD Lt. Mike Richardson said he did not believe UT students were in danger after the incident. "There is no threat on campus," he said. "Campus is not on any kind of lockdown."

The following alert was sent to students shortly before 8:30 p.m.:

Subject: UT Alert!

A person with a firearm was reported to be in the vicinity of 13th and Highland Ave. The person is described as a black male accompanied by 3 other black males, all wearing dark hooded sweatshirts. Police are investigating. Take precautions for your safety if you are near this area. Contact UT Police at 865-974-3111 immediately if you observe suspicious activity. Updates will be provided as soon as additional information is available.

Do not try to engage the suspect. If you witness aggressive behavior or feel your safety is threatened follow the procedures for active shooter.

If outdoors: go to the nearest safe place immediately.

If in a building:

Lock and barricade yourself in a room

Stay away from doors and windows

Eliminate signs that the room is occupied

Silence cell phones.

As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter. RUN, HIDE, FIGHT


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