A truck driver fatally stabbed three people and wounded another at a Tennessee travel center Tuesday before he was killed by a sheriff's deputy, authorities said.
A motive for the rampage outside Knoxville is not known, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation public information officer Leslie Earhart said.
Idris Abdus-Salaam, 33, a truck driver from Durham, North Carolina, was shot and killed after attacking four people at the Pilot Travel Center, TBI said.
Officials said that when Knox County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the travel center about 7 a.m., they found one person who had been stabbed outside the store and a man armed with a knife in the parking lot.
"Officers confronted the individual who refused to drop the weapon," the TBI said. "At some point during the encounter, one of the officers fired shots, striking the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene."
The three people who were killed were employees at the travel center, and the fourth victim was a customer, Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam in a statement provided to NBC affiliate WBIR of Knoxville.
Those killed were identified by authorities as Joyce Whaley, 57; Patricia Denise Nibbe, 51; and Nettie R. Spencer, 41. The identity of the customer and their condition was not released, but they were hospitalized.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Pastor Kermit McPeek told WBIR that Whaley was "one of the most caring people I've ever met." She leaves behind her husband, two daughters and two grandchildren, he said.
Pastor Joshua Moore at Grace Community Church told WBIR that Nibble "was one of the most giving people, willing to help in an instant in any situation."
The TBI is also investigating the circumstances of the police shooting.
"I’m asking that the public join me in praying for all of those who lost a loved one today, for the victim that remains in the hospital, for my Deputies and all of the First Responders," Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler said in a statement
A phone number for Abdus-Salaam or anyone who may be associated with him could not immediately be found Tuesday night.
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