Knoxville police released the identities of the men shot dead Sunday morning at a nightclub on the Alcoa Freeway, the scene of another shooting less than a month ago.
Officers responded to El Pulpo Loco, located at 2909 Alcoa Highway, around 2:30 a.m. Sunday to reports of a shooting with multiple victims, a police department spokesperson said in a statement. hurry.
Pablo Roberto Nunez Acosta, 32, of Louisville, Tennessee, died at the scene, while Anderson Sanchez, 21, of Knoxville, remains in critical condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. A third man, 28-year-old Joel Canales of Knoxville, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Officers found Acosta and Sanchez in the parking lot, the spokesperson said. Acosta was pronounced dead at the scene, while Sanchez was taken to hospital, the statement said. While officers were processing the scene, Canales checked into an area hospital with a gunshot wound, was treated, and released.
Potential witnesses were located at the scene and taken for questioning. The shooting is believed to have occurred following an altercation which began inside the club and continued into the parking lot.
The investigation into the shooting is currently ongoing. Anyone with information that could help in 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.
Filming in the same company in September
This was the second shoot at the nightclub recently, with an early Sunday morning shoot in late September.
Officers had responded to the club on Sept. 25 for a reported shooting, finding a gunshot victim who was taken to UT Medical Center, according to a statement. Officers were informed that a club security officer fired multiple shots at a car he believed to be driven by the shooter.
While officers were still at the scene in El Pulpo Loco in September, a second gunshot victim arrived at UT Medical Center in a personal vehicle, along with several potential suspects in the shooting. They were all arrested and questioned by investigators.
Two occupants of that car from the September incident were later arrested after two handguns, one of which was reported stolen, and a large amount of marijuana were found in the car. An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old were charged with possession of a firearm with intent to arm themselves, theft of a firearm and possession of drugs. The 18-year-old was later charged with attempted second degree murder and use of a firearm in a dangerous crime.