Tennessee Pastor Has Close Call In Church Parking Lot Shooting


Police told Local 8 News that drugs are at the core of a shooting in an East Knoxville church parking lot that landed two people in the hospital Saturday evening.

The shooting happened at Grace Bible Baptist Church at 2646 Jefferson Avenue, according to officers. Four people were in the car that was hit. Two of them were shot: one in the leg, the other in the ankle, according to Darrell DeBusk, a spokesperson with the Knoxville Police Department.

Pastor Robert Barnett was just feet from where the shooting happened.

“(They) pointed right at us with a gun… I believe it’s God. I don’t fear. It was the Lord. And when I looked at the gun, I walked away. Because I’ve been through it before. But he could have shot me,” Barnett said, claiming five bullets were fired into the car next to him.

“(A fight) happened all afternoon. I called the police station about three times,” Barnett said. Police confirmed two of the calls and said the first time officers came out, the group fighting was already gone. But they still searched the neighborhood. Officers tell Local 8 News that it’s not that Barnett didn’t call a third time, they just need to wait until Monday to properly check the call logs.

Barnett’s last call was after shots were fired.

“I told them somebody’s gonna get killed if somebody don’t get out here,” Barnett said. “Something’s gonna happen.”

The victims left the church and drove to the 2900 block of Woodbine Ave. where police and EMS met them. They were taken to UT Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police added.

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SOURCE: Local 8 Now
Heather Burian


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