A high school football player from Tennessee was shot to death while shielding three girls from the gunfire, police said.
Zaevion William Dobson, 15, was killed Thursday during a night of violence in Knoxville, ABC News reported. The first incident involved Lisa Perry, 46, who was shot in an apparent drive-by at her home. She is expected to survive. Perry’s son, Brandon Perry, 23, and several other men then drove to the neighborhood where Dobson lived and began randomly shooting.
Dobson and the girls were in a group of about a dozen people walking home from a high school basketball game when the firing began. Neither the girls or the other bystanders were injured.
Brandon Perry was shot later in the night and located after he crashed his car. He died Friday morning, police said.
The three girls shielded by Dobson were not injured.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said they believe the shootings are gang-related but said Dobson was not targeted or involved in the altercations.
Rob Spears, principal at Fulton High School where Dobson attends, said the sophomore was a leader.
“That speaks to his character,” Spears told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “As a sophomore, he was a leader. He was a kid that other kids wanted to be around.”
Police have charged Christopher Drone Bassett, 20, with being a possessing a gun and violation of probation in connection to the incident. He is being held without bond.