LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting just west of downtown. This marks Louisville’s 92nd homicide for 2016.
Police were called to the 400 block of West Court in the Beecher Terrace Housing complex around 2:45 p.m. They found a male shot to death in the middle of one of the complex’s courtyards. It sits right next to a park and the Beech, a converted early childhood center.
Officers couldn’t speak yet as to who the victim is, but several people said he lived there.
It was an incredibly emotional afternoon in the complex. Dozens of neighbors watched as officers worked the crime scene, with many of them crying and very visibly shaken by what they saw.
“It kind of shakes you into realizing where we are right now in life,” Ebboni Johnson said. “It’s something you shouldn’t have to deal with at all and having to have a mom come up here and identify a body on the ground, it’s very sad. It shakes me up, and I don’t even know who he is.”
Johnson’s grandma lives in the complex. They were all at her house when they saw the crime scene just down the block.
“We were having a family gathering and it’s like a bunch of kids in the house. They want to go to the park, and I’m like I don’t know if you should because you don’t know what’s going on. It’s like people are out here shooting each other,” Johnson said. “I think it’s been a violent year just all around, I wouldn’t even say it’s just in the city that I love. So, I don’t know, it’s hurtful. It’s hurtful just to see my people go in such a crazy way in cold-blood, you know, when this is a time when we should probably be loving each other instead of killing each other.”
Those working to solve this case and others impacted by the violence described how senseless this has become, especially with so many young kids nearby.
“You know, I’ve said many times that you cannot legislate morality, unfortunately. I wish there was a law that we could pass that everybody love one another, but that’s not the case,” Mitchell said.
Police also talked about how this neighborhood has worked so hard in the past year or so to get rid of this kind of violence.
“Whether it was last year or today, it’s always unfortunate when a life is lost,” Mitchell said.
A motive behind the shooting is not available at this time. Police said they don’t have any suspects yet. Since this happened at the center of a very busy neighborhood, they're hopeful somebody had to see something and will step forward with key information to solving this case.
“We do hate to see the violence time and time again, and with all of these folks out here, I hope someone out here saw something that can lead us to the person or persons responsible for this. I would hate to think that with this many people in this area, nobody knows anything,” LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said.
LMPD is urging anybody with even the smallest bit of information to come forward. Tips can be called in to 574-LMPD.