Police believe shooting victims were also the shooters


by WHAS11


Posted on March 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 6:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- We are learning new information about the three men found shot to death outside a south Louisville apartment complex. Two of them were found inside a car and the other in the parking lot.

The three victims have been identified as Kavin A. Tandy, 31, Rayshawn Stovall, 23, and Mark A. Fields, 23. All three died of multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner says.

Police believe the men were involved in a shootout and that no suspects are still on the loose. All had been in trouble recently for thefts, drugs and other offenses.

In fact, one of the men who was shot was released from jail on his own recognizance just last Tuesday after being arrested for new crimes.

Police believe the shootout stemmed from an argument over a drug deal and that all of the shooters were also the victims.

“It's something I ain't never seen before and I don't want to see it,” Nancy Racke, who witnessed her neighbor’s boyfriend murdered in front of her, said.

“He was yelling for help and all of the sudden he went limp. And I knew he was dead. And I called 911,” Racke said.

Tandy, whose girlfriend lived in the complex, was gunned down on the sidewalk. Fields, who was driving a Ford Explorer, died inside the vehicle. So did Field’s passenger, Stovall.

All three men have been convicted of crimes within the past two years.

Fields was released from jail last Tuesday on drug and theft charges.

“At this point, it appears that all three were involved in an altercation where a shootout took place. We do believe we have all the individuals involved in the shooting at this time,” Lt. Barry Wilkerson, of the LMPD homicide division said. 

Police say they recovered guns and drugs at the scene.

“It's bad what's going on out here. I'm really sad. Not just for my nephew, but for society,” Denise Person, Tandy’s aunt said. “With these young people, because they can't handle things the right way, the only thing they know to do is shoot them.”

Neighbors say there has already been the threat of more violence.

“People around here are getting texts and stuff. It's not over. It's not over,” Racke said.

Police say they have stepped up patrols in the area to try to make sure no more violence occurs.

Community activist Christopher 2X says all three mothers of the shooting victims have agreed to meet Tuesday to try to prevent others from acting out as a result of the shootings.