Police: Football player killed shielding girls from gunfire

Posted at 1:57 PM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 13:57:26-05
Zaevion Dobson. Courtesy CNN.

Zaevion Dobson. Courtesy CNN.

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.

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 car into another apartment. He died from his injuries on Friday morning.