LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - In a violent weekend across Louisville, 13 people were shot, two of them fatally.
The first of many shootings happened around 10:15 p.m. Friday. Police responded to the 5400 block of Robbs Lane. When they arrived, they found a woman in her late teens or early 20s with a gunshot wound. Police later said the shooting actually happened in the 9400 block of New Maple Road. The woman was taken to University of Louisville Hospital. She’s expected to survive.
The second shooting came in around 6:30 Saturday morning, when police found a man shot to death in the 800 block of Cecil Ave. Police have not made any arrests or released any suspect information in this case.
Then, around 8 p.m. Saturday, police said a man driving down Interstate 264 was shot two times by his passenger. The shooter/passenger then then took off with the victims vehicle. Police said they do have a person of interest and are currently trying to locate that person.
The fourth shooting was reported in the 1000 block of S. 38th Street at 11:28 p.m. Saturday. That’s in Louisville’s Chickasaw neighborhood. Once on scene officers located a male juvenile victim who had sustained both a gunshot and a graze wound. Police said it did not appear the shooting occurred at the location where the victim was found and investigators were attempting to establish a scene. The victim was listed in stable condition.
The fifth shooting was called in at 1:27 a.m. Sunday from Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood. According to MetroSafe, seven victims, five men and two women in their 20s and 30s, were shot at near the intersection of Dixie Highway and West Ormsby Avenue, near a liquor store. They were rushed to University of Louisville Hospital where one of the men, Durelle G. Moxley, 33, of Louisville, died. The six other victims, five men and two women, are listed in stable condition.
The sixth shooting came just one minute later, at 1:28 a.m. Sunday. This one happened in the Jacobs neighborhood, near an apartment complex in the 3600 block of Georgetown Place. Police located a man in his 20s who had been shot twice. He was transported to University Hospital where he remains in stable condition.
A seventh and final shooting came 20 minutes later, at 1:47 a.m., in the 1500 block of Bellamy Place, in the Algonquin neighborhood. Police said a man in his late teens showed up at a Audubon Hospital with a gunshot wound and said he was shot at this location. The teen was transferred to University Hospital where he remains in stable condition. According to Google Maps, this is the location of Bellamy Louisville: Louisville Student Housing, a University of Louisville affiliated property.
Lt. Emily McKinley with LMPD says none of the shooting appear to be connected, and appear to be isolated events contained within themselves.
Police are still investigating all the shootings, saying they have identified a couple suspects in a couple of the shootings, but didn’t elaborate on which suspects are connected to the shootings.
Police are asking for help from the community to put those responsible for the shootings behind bars.
“A lot of these cases get solved with information from the community, especially the homicides because our victims can no longer speak for themselves a lot of our living victims can and they do provide information to us,” Lt. McKinley said. “It is our responsibility as human beings to speak up for each other and to do the right thing and I know a lot of times that is difficult to do it takes a lot of vulnerability and it takes a lot of courage to do that.”
Christopher 2X, a community activist at the Peace Centered Alliance, said even if marginal decreases in violent crime statistics are happening, the problem of violence in Louisville is still a big one.
“It’s not just concentrated in one area anymore,” 2X said. “People are willing to unfortunately use deadly force on others in places that you wouldn’t have imagined five-plus years ago.”
He said over the past five years, there have been 438 similar homicides and in that same timeframe, 1,645 individual people have been shot in Metro Louisville.
So far, in 2019, there have been 43 homicides. At this time last year, there were only 37.
Anyone with information regarding any of the shootings should contact the Louisville Metro Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.