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Stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder after attack at West Knox County motel

Knox County authorities were called to the Days Inn Motel on Parkside Drive about 9:30 a.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knox County Sheriff's Office said the man suspected in a stabbing at a West Knox County Days Inn has been charged with attempted murder. 

Authorities were hunting Thursday morning for a man reported to have stabbed another man at the West Knox County motel.

Some schools near the Days Inn on Parkside Drive were on lockdown as a precaution because the suspect may be on foot.

Authorities were called about 9:30 a.m. to the motel on the stabbing. The victim, identified as David Mase, had been stabbed in the neck, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

After further investigation, KCSO found that the Days Inn had security cameras in the area of the incident. 

KCSO said the security cameras did record the incident. 

Mase was taken to an area hospital, and his condition had not been released.

The attacker left on foot, according to KCSO spokeswoman Kimberly Glenn. He was last seen going north.

Sheriff's helicopters were in the area as well as deputies and K-9 units.

KCSO said the suspect, identified as Darrell Adam Paul, will be transported to the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility for booking.

Paul told KCSO that he got into an argument with Mase and he pulled a knife out and began to stab Mase.

Paul was charged with attempted second-degree murder and is being held on a $25,000 appearance bond, according to KCSO.