Police in Tennessee are looking for a member of the white supremacist gang Aryan Nations who allegedly opened fire on a Knoxville police officer Thursday Night, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
Authorities say Ronnie Lucas Wilson shot officer Jay Williams in front of a Target store around 8:30 p.m. as the policeman attempted to stop Wilson for speeding. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added Wilson to the state’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said Wilson fired multiple rounds at Williams with a shotgun as the officer pursed him by car. As Knox News reports, Wilson then got out of his car and opened fire once again on Williams. Rausch said the officer did not fire his weapon.
Wilson is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder. Authorities say they are “very familiar” with the suspect, noted he’s listed "as a member of the Aryan Nations gang”—the largest white supremacist gang in Tennessee, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
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Police on Friday warned citizens to call the police and “not try to intervene” if they spot the white supremacist.
"If he is going to take a shot at an officer, he won't hesitate to shoot at anyone else,” Rausch cautioned.