1 year later: Residents say police patrols are up, still too many lives lost


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 7:33 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It’s been nearly one year since a deadly shooting on 32nd and Greenwood where six people were shot. Three were killed. One of the victims was shot and killed in front of a large crowd that included police officers.

The shooting on May 17th put a spotlight on the violence in West Louisville since then city leaders have worked to put an end to violent acts.

Mayor Greg Fischer launched a task force that eventually made 26 recommendations to help prevent further crimes.

The Parkland Boys and Girls Club also reopened.

Those who live in the Parkland neighborhood have mixed feelings about the progress so far.

“It’s quieter. I can sit on the front porch without thinking about getting shot,” Mary Newton said.

Joe Sullivan said he sees police every single day patrolling but knows that’s not enough.

“They can’t babysit, people just need to learn to act with some sense,” he said.

Eddie Wood with the Life Hope Center says he wants to see more of a collaborative effort among the different groups working to curb violence.

“Everybody’s kind of doing business as usual with in their particular agency and getting their agenda met, but no one is really doing a consistent peace as a first choice message,” Wood said.

Residents tell WHAS11 they are still seeing a strong police presence.

“I don’t see the gangs like I used to. They come, but they don’t hang [police] put that out so far. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I hope,” one resident said.

With the anniversary approaching of the May 17th shooting residents said it serves as a reminder for the community of all the lives lost too soon.

A moment of silence will be held on May 17th at noon at the site of the deadly shooting for the victims.