Neighbors want action after 5 shootings in West Louisville within 10 days


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 7:26 AM

(WHAS11) -- After three people were killed on Thursday afternoon in Louisville’s west end, many neighbors say they want something done.

“There's a lot of other people around here that feel the same way. They’re tired of it,” said resident Melissa Lyles.

In all, there have been five shootings in west Louisville in the past ten days. Community activist Christopher 2X shed some light on the violence, but said that the previous crimes aren’t necessarily connected.

“What’s recurring more and more is people are not keeping their cool, and they have a low tolerance in regards to somebody arguing with them and they go to extremes,” said 2X.

As fear spreads, many residents and neighbors are asking for answers and action.

“We need our government, our community and everybody to pull together and come together as a whole or we’re going to lose a whole generation,” said resident Jewell Thompson.

The New Black Panther Party spent Thursday evening going door to door. They were making an effort to push back against the violence.

“People are upset, people are angry. There's even, in some circles, talk of retaliation and we don’t want that. We want our people to be cool and be calm and to handle this in a civil manner in the best way that we can,” said Chawn Kweli, Louisville Chairman of New Black Panther Party.

People in the neighborhood are praying there will be peace.

“All I can say is we just need help. We need help,” said Thompson.

Community leaders will be holding a news conference in the neighborhood on Friday at 10 a.m. to address the violence and to try to prevent something like this from happening again.