Woman in road rage incident dies from her wounds

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A woman shot during a possible road rage incident last week in which a nearby school bus was also struck by gunfire has died, authorities said.

The woman, identified as Tamaralynn Ann Russell, 38, of Powell, succumbed to her injuries Monday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, according to a press release.

Paul Foutner, 30, of Knoxville, was charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, three counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, according to Knoxville Police Department officials.

Scott Erland, spokesman for the department, said Monday that charges have not been upgraded to one count first-degree murder yet.

“The District Attorney’s office will ultimately make that decision,” he said.

The shooting took place around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday on North Central Street near the intersection with Atlantic Avenue. Police arrived on the scene to discover a vehicle crashed near Compass Central Heating & Air that contained a woman suffering from a gunshot wound and unresponsive. A male occupant of the vehicle wasn’t hurt.

At least one bullet struck a Knox County school bus but the three people inside – including one student – weren’t hurt.

Knoxville Police Chief EveThomas said last week in a press conference she was grateful for the help of “numerous witnesses” who provided information to investigators then helped them identity Foutner as the shooter and track him down late Wednesday night on Holland Drive.

Published February 22, 2021