2 men found shot to death inside home on Red Oak Lane

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by Alex Schuman, Karma Dickerson, Amy Stallings and C.J. Daniels

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 12:33 AM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Police are continuing their investigation after two men were found shot to death in a home in the Newburg neighborhood.

Police were called to a home in the 5300 block of Red Oak Lane around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

While investigating the scene, police say one of the deceased men lived in the home and they believed there were forced signs of entry.

"We're still in the very early stages of this investigation. The homicide detectives, at this time, are canvassing the neighborhood for any potential witnesses," LMPD public information officer Dwight Mitchell said.

The neighborhood just west of General Electric’s Appliance Park is normally quiet according to residents but the shooting has left many on edge.

Neighbors say as many as 7 people lived in the home including three children but it was hard to tell because there was a lot of traffic in and out of the home. They described a steady stream of people in and out, especially on the weekends.

The investigation prolonged for a couple of hours while detectives waited for a search warrant, which allowed them to investigate inside the home four hours after the bodies were discovered.

As groups relatives of both victims arrived on the scene, police were on hand to deescalate possible tension.

Neal Robertson was on the scene awaiting word about his nephew who was one of the deceased.

He says he could give the type of interview many are used to hearing after one of these tragedies but wouldn’t.

“Anyone can tell you about their child - they're always gonna say they're good.  We don't know the bad.  You know, we don't see that," he said.

Instead, he is upset that many are used to hearing them.

“There's no good that will come from this crime and violence," he stressed.

His nephew is the man police believed forced his way into the home.

"You start reflecting on the life that he lived.  And the way you knew him,” Robertson said.

Robertson spent the entire day waiting with his family, and the victim's family to learn more.

"We have the same questions.  Why?  When is it gonna stop," he added.

Police will not comment on any motive, and cannot say if the home invader was after something in particular.  

Robertson just wants the Newburg neighborhood to work to end this kind of violence.

"You all was out here earlier.  There was a lot of African American men just sitting around standing around at 11:30 - no one has jobs," he said.

Detectives do not know how the two men knew each other if at all.  Robertson asks for prayers for everyone and claims there many more than two victims of this shooting.

"The only thing that we know is that we loved him - he loved us," he said.

The coroner has not released the identities of either of the men involved. 

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