LMPD investigates 6 separate murder cases


by Gene Kang


Posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 6:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville has seen a rise in violence in the past few days.

Six people were killed since last Thursday.

In the latest homicide Chris Colbert, 33, was gunned down and left for dead.

That shooting happened overnight in the 1800 block of Oak Street.

Family and friends burst into tear when they found out Colbert was shot to death by a TARC bus stop near his house on Oak Street in West Louisville.

Witnesses say two people on bicycles left the area after the shooting. They believe the innocent man was robbed.

"Every time you see him he's going to work. He's getting on the TARC bus or getting off the TARC bus. He's a loving kindly friendly person," neighbor Annette Jones said.

Jones says Colbert was a hardworking neighbor who enjoyed life.

He died shortly before 1:00 this morning, according to the coroner, from a single gunshot wound to his back.

"When they turned him over I seen his face and I said oh no, that's my homie," a neighbor said.

Witnesses and neighbors say Colbert got off the TARC bus after working at W.W. Cousins Restaurant in St. Matthews.

"He worked every day at the same job for 15 years, he didn't have any type of criminal record. He had the same routine," Lt. Todd Kessinger with the LMPD Homicide Unit said.

He exited the bus at Oak and Dr. W J Hodge Street only a couple blocks from his house.

"It could've been me. I could've been on the bus stop," Jones said.

"He was always so peppy and happy. He would speak to everybody. He never bothered anybody. I feel really sad and scared," neighbor Angela Gipson said.

The general manager at W.W. Cousins says Colbert was recently promoted as a crew leader in the back of the restaurant.

Dedicated, passionate and warm is how he’s described.

Colbert is the latest victim in a rash of killings.

LMPD says there have been six murders since Thursday of last week.

Tragedies as this are causing a heavy burden on the community and for the 18 detectives in the homicide department working around the clock.

"It impacts the entire department. The patrol officers are putting together different strategies and they'll start working different angles," Lt. Kessinger said.

Four murders are still unsolved, including Colbert's.

"It's awful all I can do is pray for him and his family and pray for the City of Louisville because it's a mess. Something has got to change, something gotta change," Jones said.

The general manager at W.W. Cousins said: “We’re all shocked and devastated by this tragedy and we’re going to miss him. He was an outstanding employee.”

There have been 30 homicides as of Monday in Metro Louisville.

Three fewer homicides compared to this time last year.

If you have any information call police anonymously at 574-LMPD.