Police: Football player killed shielding girls from gunfire

Zaevion William Dobson

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Police say a high school football player was shot to death while shielding three girls from the gunfire.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch says the death of 15-year-old Zaevion William Dobson was part of a series of shootings that began Thursday night.

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The first incident involved 46-year-old Lisa Perry being shot in her apartment. She is expected to survive.

Rausch said Perry’s 23-year-old son, Brandon Perry, and several other men then drove to the neighborhood where Dobson lived and “randomly fired multiple times.”

The girls shielded by Dobson were not hurt.

Rausch said Brandon Perry was found to have been shot after he crashed a BMW into another apartment. He died from his injuries on Friday morning.

According to the Knoxville Police’s Facebook post, they arrested a suspect in connection with the shootings. Christopher D. Bassett, 20, was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and a violation of probation. Basset was caught fleeing from the BMW after its driver Perry was shot.

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Christopher D. Bassett, 20. Image courtesy KPD

Additional charges will be placed as the investigation continues. Bassett was apprehended fleeing from the wrecked BMW after the driver, Brandon Perry, was shot.  Bassett is being held without bond.  According to KPD, they will place additional charges as the investigation continues.

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