Police beefing up patrols after motorist shot on Gene Snyder


by Sherrell Hubbard


Posted on June 9, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 7:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville Metro Police officers are turning to the public to get answers about who may have fired shots into a car on the Gene Snyder Freeway over the weekend.
Investigators and forensic technicians returned to the Smyrna ramp on Monday looking for clues. 

LMPD said the shooting took place on Saturday afternoon in the southbound lanes of I-265 near the ramp, one exit before Preston Highway. 

The bullets missed two minors who were in the car, but struck and injured the driver.  “We found that one white male was driving,” LMPD Spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. “Apparently, he was struck.”
The victim was shot once and the bullet traveled through his arm and pectoral muscle, according to police. 

He was treated at University Hospital and is expected to be OK.

Investigators believe the bullet came from a pistol. Mitchell said the bullet entered the victim’s 2006 Blue Kia Spectra through a passenger-side door. "There is nothing at this time to indicate that this individual was targeted," Mitchell said. "It appears to have been a random act, but we are not ruling out any factors act this point."
Police are beefing up patrols up on the Gene Snyder to keep motorists safe. "We are going to do some direct patrols in that area," Mitchell said. "We'll do that with our regular patrol officers as well as utilizing our air unit. They will be doing random checks and our canine unit will also." 
Police have confidence that someone saw what happened and will step forward.

"We believe there may have been people around that seen something and even if its something very small and certainly we would always encourage them to call the anonymous tip hotline,” Mitchell said. 

If you have any information, you are asked to call the anonymous police tipline at 574-LMPD.