LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Traumatizing moments.
“She's nervous, real nervous because she didn't know what was going on,” said Lenora Hampton, whose mother was on the bus.
Hampton says she knew something was wrong when her 73-year-old mother wasn't home on time.
“She hadn't got there so I called the center and the center told me, 'She's alright. There was a hold up,'” Hampton said.
Hampton says her mother, who has dementia, goes to the Active Day Adult Day Care.
She was on this bus with a handful of other people who attend the day care. The bus driver was dropping people off at 22nd and Burwell when Sherrie Miller, who lives nearby, says she heard 8 to 9 shots.
“I heard the boom, boom, boom and I turned around. It sounded like firecrackers,” Miller said.
Police say a man, who was driving in front the bus had been shot. He jumped out of his car and the bus driver opened her door to let him in. Miller believes the driver may have saved the man's life.
“Everybody thinks that everyone is bad. No, not everyone is bad. And I'm glad we have people out here like that,” Miller said.
The bus driver then drove the shooting victim and all of the senior citizens on board to this Thornton’s gas station about two blocks away. That's when police greeted the bus and put the victim into an ambulance where he went to University Hospital.
“I was scared. I didn't know what it was,” Hampton said.
Police say the second division alone, which patrols the Algonquin neighborhood, has responded to more than 200 shootings this year so far.
And for Miller, who calls this neighborhood home, she says enough is enough.
“We don't need this. Louisville has never, never went through this,” Miller said.
Fortunately, the victim is expected to be okay. Police say they do not have any suspects at this time and they do believe that this was a drive-by shooting. If you have any information, you can call the anonymous tip line at 574 LMPD.
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