Cornoner releases identity of Louisville's latest homicide victim

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A shooting in West Louisville at the 3600 block of Southern Avenue near Russell Lee Park has left a 19-year-old dead.

Police said Oladreon Whitfield was shot while riding in a car with friends.

Lt. Barry Wilkerson, LMPD Homicide Unit, said: "It does seem like an altercation we don't know motive or reason at this point."

Around 9:00 last night, someone drove Whitfield to Norton Hospital. Police said officers caught up with the car in time to escort them safely. After arriving at Norton, Whitfield was transported to University Hospital where he died.

The coroner said Whitfield died of a gun shot wound to the head. Detectives said they questioned everyone in the car, but Still no arrest.

In recent weeks, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer formed a "Violence Prevention Work Group" of to find solutions and bring an end to the violence. But is it working?

WHAS 11 News: "What are some of the solutions? They're trying to figure out this problem."

Andrea Collier, Concerned Resident said: "You need to sit down with the whole community, not just sit down with certain people. The Task Force needs to go into homes and bring actual people in."

WHAS 11 News: "Would you have a crisis response team at trauma situations?"

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director of Louisville Public Health and Wellness and co-chair of the Mayor's group said: "Yes we will be following the Kentucky Crisis Response Team model. Attempting to increase the number of Jefferson County members who are part of the State-wide team able to respond locally."

The co-chair of the  Mayor's anti-violence team also said they have until October to find solutions to make the West End safer.
 

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