Poplar Level shooting shocks neighborhood


by Whitney Harding


Posted on June 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 22 at 1:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Bob Redman has lived in the neighborhood off the 4200 block of Poplar Level Road for about 60 years, and in that time nothing had happened like what he experienced today. 

"We were having a yard sale out front and I actually thought there was a backfire!” he said. “Kinda looked and didn't see anything, didn't think anything about it for a minute. And then all of a sudden we saw a lot of police cars and such showing up at the barber shop next door."

It definitely wasn't a backfire. Instead, Redman soon found out that the sound was a gunshot. 

"Come to find out there had been a fatality, a shooting over there,” he said pointing across the street, “and so we were quite taken aback actually."

The victim ended up in his car in the parking lot of CT Haircutters where barbers and customers alike heard the commotion and went to check it out. 

"My boss told me that someone hit my truck,” said barber Jason Miles. “I came running out, there was a gentleman outside, blood coming out of his mouth, his eye swollen up real big. We immediately called 911.”

 "He wasn't responding,” added barbershop customer Kelly Hummelgard. “His face was covered, he was all covered in blood. So I don't know what happened."

Less than seven hours later police took 67-year-old Donald Hayes into custody and charged him with murder. Louisville metro police say they believe it all started from road rage.

According to arrest records, this is Hayes' only reported offense.

Redman says  while his neighborhood is usually calm, he has noticed some changes over the years and not for the better. 

"In this day and age nothing really surprises me,” he said with a shrug. “You know, we've had a few events from time to time but no I can't say it really surprises me."

Still, Redman says to have that happen with his family, especially his grandkids present, it definitely hits home.

"You've got your kids right there on the side of the road and you find out it was a shot,” he said. “It is what it is but it shakes you up a bit. You hate to see something like that. Thankfully they weren't really aware of what was going on but yeah it shakes you up a bit."