Shooting in West Louisvillle kills 3, injures 3; victims identified


by WHAS11

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 7:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Police are working overtime after six people were shot near Downtown Louisville Thursday.  

Police first responded to a call for a quadruple shooting in the 1000 block of 32nd Street around 1 p.m. and upon arrival found three shooting victims in front of a home. Two men were pronounced dead at the scene. The men were identified as Craig Bland Jr., 22, who was found on the porch of a home and Tyson Mimms, 24, who was found dead on the sidewalk.

A third was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. A fourth man was also shot but he left the scene and drove himself to 26th and Elliott Streets. from there, he was then transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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About 45 minutes later, while police were investigating the scene of the quadruple shooting, multiple shots rang out at the scene.

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Police say two additional people were shot. They say a pregnant woman shot and killed another woman. The woman shot and killed has been identified as Makeba Lee, 24. An officer then shot the pregnant woman and she was transported to the hospital. The woman underwent surgery and her condition is non-life threatening at this time.

Witnesses on the scene said the pregnant woman was in a relationship with one of the men shot and killed about an hour earlier.

The police officer who was involved in the shooting is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad addressed the public in a news conference Thursday.

"The violence affects all of us. We're one city, one community, one family," said Mayor Greg Fischer.

Conrad and Fischer both urged the public to come forward with any information. You can call the tip line at 574-LMPD.

Raw video: Mayor Greg Fischer, Chief Conrad news conference

Many neighbors in Louisville's West End want action after the recent violence. In all, there have been five shootings in west Louisville in the past ten days.

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