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KPD arrests man in connection to deadly shooting at Alcoa Highway nightclub

Police said the shooting happened October 16 at the El Pulpo Loco on Alcoa Highway.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE: Knoxville Police said it has arrested one person in connection to a deadly nightclub shooting that happened on October 16.

KPD said Bredy Adrian Mancia-Caceres, 24, was arrested in Loudon County by KPD officers and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.

Mancia-Caceres is charged with one count of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault. He is currently booked into the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.

ORIGINAL: The Knoxville Police Department said one person is dead and two others were hospitalized after a shooting at a nightclub on October 16.

KPD said officers responded to shots fired around 2:30 a.m. at the El Pulpo Loco at 2909 Alcoa Highway. When officers arrived, they found two gunshot victims in the parking lot.

On Monday, KPD identified the victims as 32-year-old Pablo Roberto Nunez Acosta, of Louisville, Tenn.; 28-year-old Joel Canales, of Knoxville; and 21-year-old Anderson Sanchez, of Knoxville. 

Acosta was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KPD. Sanchez was taken to UT Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized "in critical condition." 

Canales arrived at an area hospital by personal vehicle and was released after being treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to officials.     

KPD said possible witnesses were located at the scene and questioned.

On Monday, officials said they believe that the shooting occurred after an altercation that started inside the club and continued in the parking lot. No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting and the investigation is ongoing at this time. 

Anyone with information that could assist on the investigation is asked to contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers at 865-215-7165 or online at www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a cash reward.


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