2 charged after shooting on I-24 in Rutherford County

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two men have been arrested in connection with a shooting on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County that critically injured a woman over the weekend.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said Keyonn Warfield, 20, has been charged with attempted murder, while Rizighallah Khemis, 19, is charged with conspiracy to commit attempted murder.

Keyonn Warfield, 20, & Rizighallah Khemis, 19 (Courtesy: Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies responded around 1 p.m. Saturday to a shooting on I-24 near I-840, where a 19-year-old woman had been wounded. The shooting was first considered to be a possible case of road rage, but detectives said they later determined it was a targeted shooting.

An arrest warrant alleges a witness saw Warfield, who was driving his mother’s 2011 Silver Cadillac, hold his arm out of the car window along the interstate and fire six to eight gunshots at another vehicle, where the 19-year-old victim was a passenger.

Warfield then exited the interstate, but the witness followed him and notified Murfreesboro police, according to court documents. Officers initiated a pursuit, but the Cadillac reportedly got away.

The warrant states Warfield’s juvenile cousin had been involved in a physical altercation with the 19-year-old victim and her twin sister last month, in which the sisters displayed pistols “as a form of intimidation.”

Warfield’s cousin told detectives that her mother had informed Warfield of the altercation and he was known to be in a street gang, investigators said.

The police report states the 19-year-old victim suffered a “non-survivable gunshot wound that caused damage to her spinal cord.” She remained on life support, as of Warfield’s arrest, according to detectives.

The Chattanooga Fire Department said an off-duty fire captain came to the aide of the victim who had a gunshot wound to her head.

She reportedly told the firefighter said was traveling with her siblings, when someone shot into their car, striking her, as she was in the back seat.

Warfield and Khemis, who are also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon while committing a dangerous felony, were arrested in La Vergne. They are both being held in the Rutherford County jail.

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