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Child in Jacobs neighborhood was shot while on playground, arrest citation says

Police said several people were involved in a shootout near Dena Dr. and Manslick Ct. and an 8-year-old was caught in the crossfire.

A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of an 8-year-old boy in Louisville's Jacobs neighborhood Wednesday.

According to Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) 22-year-old Dwann L. Billups was taken into custody Thursday night.

Billups' arrest citation says he and two other people were involved in a shootout with a "vehicle full of suspects" in the area of Dena Dr. near Carl Ct. on Jan. 12. It is unclear how many people total were involved. 

During the incident, a shot fired by one of the other suspects with Billups hit a young boy on a nearby playground. 

The 8-year-old boy was "seriously injured" and rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, according to the citation. 

The child's current condition is not known.

In the citation, police said Billups displayed "behavior which showed great disregard for the value of human life and created a substantial danger of death or serious injury" to several people who were in the area where the shooting happened.

Billups has been charged with wanton endangerment, assault and the possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

The citation says police used surveillance videos to connect Billups with the shooting. Before the incident, Billups was seen near a gold car outside of a store in the same area. After the shooting, Billups was seen on another video getting into the same vehicle with a gun and driving away.

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Billups is facing several charges in connection with the shooting of an 8-year-old boy on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.

On the night of the shooting, LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said officers responded to Carl Ct. around 4:50 p.m. to investigate a report of a shooting. 

When they arrived, they were told that an 8-year-old boy had been shot and he was being taken to the hospital by a family member. Officers intercepted the vehicle at 7th and Magnolia and the boy was taken to Norton Children's Hospital via EMS.

Mary Mason, who lives in the Jacobs neighborhood, said the situation was devastating.

"It just tears me apart inside to hear a little kid getting hurt,” Mason said. "I was in the house watching TV and all of a sudden I heard a - sounded like a firecracker."

It's a sound Mason said she hears every so often.

“I try not to come outside unless I'm going to the store or going to work,” Mason said. “I don't know. It’s getting bad."

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She said whenever she turns on the news and hears about another shooting in Louisville, she always has a terrifying thought.

"The first thing that goes through my head all the time is my kids. I'm like, ‘Oh my God, don't tell me something happened to my kids,’” Mason said.

She said she doesn't wish it on any family, and with eight young grandkids herself, that's especially true when it comes to children.

"I don't like to hear kids getting hurt,” Mason said.

The shooting is still under investigation by LMPD 4th Division detectives. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact LMPD through the anonymous tip line, 574-LMPD (5673) or the online tip form.

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