UPDATE 1248: The TBI now says three women were killed and one sent to the hospital from this truck stop stabbing. The TBI says the gunman was shot and killed by police after he refused to drop his weapon.
Three women were killed and another injured in an early morning stabbing attack at a Pilot Travel Center located at 7210 Strawberry Plains Pike, just off Interstate 40 in Tennessee. The suspect was shot by a deputy who arrived onsite shortly after receiving 911 calls before 0700 this morning.
According to Knox County Sheriff Tom Spagler, once a deputy arrived within two minutes of the 911 call and found stabbing victims both inside and outside of the truck stop. Deputies were able to located the suspect in the parking lot and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon. Shots were fired and hit the subject. The deputy was not injured according to reports.
Three of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The surviving fourth victim, a female, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Her condition was not immediately available.
Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam also arrived and could be seen conferring with Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler and other authorities outside the travel center, according to local reports.
Sheriff Spangler said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will be investigating the shooting and any further updates will come from them.
Investigators have yet to establish a motive for the violence, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Leslie Earhart said.
“At this point that’s what we’re trying to determine,” said said.
Some of the victims were Pilot employees. The suspect apparently was not employed by the company, Earhart said. It was not immediately clear whether the attacker knew any of his victims.
This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available