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City officials release data hours after teen shot during carjacking on National Turnpike

In the past four years there have been 600 robbery-carjackings in the Louisville Metro, about 208 happening this year.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) are investigating after a teenager was injured in a shooting on National Turnpike Tuesday morning.

According to a release from LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell, officers responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of National Turnpike and Glengarry Road around 7:30 a.m. 

Becky Sexton tells WHAS11 she was up Tuesday morning when she heard the gunshot. "And all of a sudden I hear commotion out hear voices and then I hear a pop and I knew it wasn't a wreck type thing it had a gunshot sound."

Sexton is visiting with family in the Glengarry neighborhood. She says normally accidents happen near her sister's home, but nothing like what happened Tuesday Morning. Sexton says she is concerned for the future of our youth.

"I'm a former educator and any time a young adult, a youth, a child is injured it breaks my heart and it breaks my heart for the violence going on in the city."

Mitchell said a 16-year-old boy had been shot during a carjacking. The teen was a passenger in the car that was stolen.

Later Tuesday, Chief Erika Shields appeared at a public safety town hall meeting where Councilman James Peden and others asked resident questions. He said, "If they are breaking into our car, can we physically stop them?"

Shields replied, "There is nothing in this world worth being shot and killed over that is property. Period. Let it go."

In the past four years there have been 600 robbery-carjackings in the Louisville Metro, about 208 happening this year.

The LMPD Robbery Unit is investigating and Mitchell said investigators are "following leads."

There has been a serious spike in carjackings in the last few years, according to LMPD. The FBI formed a task force to help reduce the dangerous trend.

LMPD released information on carjacking totals by Louisville zip codes. Click here to view.

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