Note: This story was last updated at 5 p.m. Sept. 5.
The Oak Ridge Police Department evacuated residents from the Oak Ridge Marina pavilion after gunshots were reported from across the lake on Friday evening, but officers said no injuries or damages were reported or found.
The ORPD received a report from people at the Melton Lake Pavilion at about 7:03 p.m. Friday, September 2, that shots were being fired in their direction from across the lake, a press release said.
“Complainants reported that bullets could be heard passing over the pavilion area,” the ORPD press release said.
ORPD officers responded to the pavilion immediately and safely evacuated the residents using a hand-carried ballistic shield, the press release said.
Soon after, members of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department located and interviewed three people target practicing with firearms on Tennessee Valley Authority land across the lake from the pavilion, the press release said. The shooting stopped as soon as ACSD officers made contact with the group.
After ACSD notified ORPD that the group had been contacted and the situation had been resolved, citizens were allowed to return to the pavilion, the press release said.
“A suspected bullet hole was located in the pavilion roof; however, upon closer inspection, the damage did not appear to be fresh,” the ORPD press release said. “No injuries or damages were reported or found. As the weapons were fired outside the Oak Ridge city limits, no charges were filed by ORPD.”
It’s not clear if authorities were able to confirm whether any bullets crossed the river, as had been reported to them. Oak Ridge Today has requested more information, and we will update this story as we can.
The precise location of the shooters wasn’t clear. It also wasn’t clear what direction they were shooting or whether they had a backstop or barrier behind their target.
The shots fired call occurred as the Oak Ridge Police Department was investigating a serious car-trailer crash on Emory Valley Road and trying to help rescue the female driver trapped inside the car.
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