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KPD: Victim from Lonsdale Homes shooting dies; suspect arrested

KPD said the shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20. The victim was taken to UT Medical Center where he later died.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — One man is dead after a shooting on Friday, May 20 at the Lonsdale Homes Community, according to the Knoxville Police Department. 

Officers responded to the 1900 block of Minnesota Avenue around 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, they located 24-year-old John Mack suffering from a gunshot wound, KPD said.

Mack was transported to the UT Medical Center where he later died from his injuries, according to KPD. 

The suspect, 24-year-old Roshaun Smith, got into an argument with a woman while he was intoxicated and carrying a gun, KPD said. 

Smith verbally threatened the woman and pushed her. Smith had his gun in his hand and was waving it around "disregarding the safety of everyone nearby," according to KPD. 

Mack was attempting to calm Smith when Smith raised the gun in the air and fired a shot which struck Mack in the side of the head, KPD said. 

Smith fled the scene. Officers located him near the scene suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to UTMC and was arrested when he was released from the hospital,  according to KPD. 

Smith was charged with reckless homicide and domestic assault. He also had two unrelated outstanding warrants out of Knox County, KPD said. 

Originally, KPD mistakenly reported that Mack had died from his injuries while he was still alive. KPD issued a correction Friday afternoon apologizing for the mistake.

"We deeply apologize for that error and are working to determine how that miscommunication occurred," KPD said.

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