SHIVELY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's not uncommon to find neighbors Mary Helen Zahn and Mary Guelda sitting on their porch steps in their Shively neighborhood, but when the sun sets, it's a different story.
"I'm afraid to walk the dog at night. I really am," Zahn said.
Zahn grew up on Nobel Place just off Dixie Highway in the '40s and '50s before moving out. She said she moved back to her childhood home back in 2003 to take care of her aging mother. While it is the same house, Zahn said it has become a different neighborhood.
"Shively is such a wonderful place," she said. "It's always been a wonderful place, but it's going down."
Police responded to a break-in in 3800 block of Dixie Highway around 1:30 Wednesday morning, right across the street from Zahn's home. Shively Police said they found a man lying in the middle of the street who had been shot several times in the stomach and legs.
"I don't know where there is a safe place to live anymore, but there's too much going on in Shively," Zahn said.
Shively PD said the suspect was trying to break into the victim's home when the victim went to confront him. According to police, the suspect was questioning the victim about drugs before the shooting. Police do not believe there was a drug deal and said the victim and the suspect did not know one another, with the suspect having only recently moved in.
"He wouldn't have walked into my house," Zahn said. "We have enough locks on these doors to keep tanks out."
Zahn and other neighbors said they have been wary about the house in the past.
"Cars come and go, come and go," Zahn said.
"You can't tell them to stay off the road because you don't own the road," Guelda said.
While Zahn and Guelda say they aren't worried about people breaking into their homes, they are concerned about the direction of the neighborhood.
"My great grandkids, I don't know what'll happen to them because they're all really little, but it's awful. It really is," Guelda said.
"When my mother dies, she is leaving the house to me and I probably will not stay," Zahn said.
According to Shively Police Sgt. Josh Myers, the victim is believed to be in stable condition at this time. Police said he was alert and responsive when he was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning.
The suspect has been described as either a white or mixed-race man with a medium build. Police believe the man had dark-colored hair that was tied up in a ponytail.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Shively Police through its tip line: 502-930-2SPD.
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