A man who allegedly shot and killed a friend of his has been charged with second-degree murder.
Knoxville Police said in a news release Friday that 32-year-old Nicholas Michael Riggs was charged with first-degree attempted second-chance murder.
Police said the two men were hanging out at a party at an apartment in the 1300 block of West 17th Street in Knoxvilles early Sunday when the shooting occurred.
According to police, the victim was in the back seat of a silver minivan with Riggs and two others.
Riggs allegedly told the victim he was going to drive the victim home but the victim refused.
When Riggs pulled up behind the victim’s car, he allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired.
Police have said Riggs also told the man that he was armed and dangerous and that the victim should not approach him.
The victim was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Riggs has been in jail since his arrest.
Knoxyville Mayor Jim Toler said in the release that the incident was not random.
“It is clear that someone in this community wants to hurt innocent people,” he said.
“There is no justification for the senseless act.”
The mayor also released a statement from the Knoxville Police Department saying they are conducting an internal investigation into the shooting.
The statement read in part:”Knoxvillians and law enforcement alike must remain vigilant in responding to these types of threats.
We will continue to monitor and take appropriate action against those who seek to harm our community.
This is a senseless act that has no place in our city.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family.”
Riggs is being held on $100,000 bond.