Home invader shot in head in Knoxville

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A Knoxville man faces drug trafficking charges and weapons violations in connection with the shooting of one of two armed gunman during a drug-related home invasion robbery last night.

Police withheld the identity of the wounded intruder. The resident suspected of shooting him has been identified as Bruce Charles Jr.

The charges stem from an incident at 11:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Suncrest Street, where police found the 19-year-old intruder lying on the living room floor, wounded in the head.

Mr. Charles, 20, said he had been at home with his 2-month-old baby and the infant's 17-year-old mother when two men entered his residence. One of the intruders pulled a pistol and demanded money, police said.

Mr. Charles retrieved a gun and shot one of the intruders in the head, police said. The man who was shot was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was in critical condition today.

Mr. Charles was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver the pot.


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