LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s a harsh reality for the city of Louisville that 30 percent of the shooting victims are just 18 to 25-years-old. Fifteen percent of those, even younger.
With those startling numbers, University Hospital’s Trauma Outreach, Spaulding University and Hood2Hood are teaming up to help steer young people away from gun violence.
Members of those organizations met on Saturday with some of the youngest gunshot survivors ahead of a focus group scheduled to meet in late September.
They say the violence is becoming all too common but refuse to live in fear.
“Me and my friends – we’re not going to stop going outside because there are a lot of shootings going around but we live in really tough neighborhoods and to be honest, we can get shot anytime,” Diontae Reed, a gunshot survivor, said.
A focus group of 20 adults and children who have survived shootings or have lost loved ones will meet Sep. 12 at University Hospital.