10-year-old girl shot in Portland neighborhood



Posted on May 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Updated Monday, May 16 at 11:19 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A gunman fired several bullets into a house in broad daylight Sunday afternoon on the 500 block of North 31st Street. Inside, a 10-year-old girl was hit in the arm by a bullet and was taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

People in the Portland neighborhood, where the shooting happened, say their streets used to be safe, but not anymore.

“It just went down the hill,” said Megan Bennett, who lives down the street from the shooting.

The uncle of the young girl shot says there were six kids in the house at the time of the shooting.

Some of the neighbors say the problem on their streets is easy to pinpoint.

“It’s ignorance and violence,” said Bennett.

“Drugs mainly, stealing and dope,” said Roy Fields, who lives across the street from where the shooting happened.

Residents in Portland say the crime in their neighborhood has been on the rise for the past 10 years.

“It’s getting bad and its going to get a lot worse if something is not done around here,” said Fields.
Police aren't saying why the shots were fired into the home on North 31st Street.  However, they did find the weapon that was used. Police also say they are working on solid leads.

This is the second child caught in gunfire in Louisville in two days. Friday night a 3-year-old boy was shot in downtown Louisville and survived. Police are still looking for the suspects involved in that case.