‘This is somebody’s child’: 9-year-old shot, killed in Newburg identified

A shooting on Ailanthus Trail that happened Sept. 1 is under investigation.
A shooting on Ailanthus Trail that happened Sept. 1 is under investigation.(WAVE 3 News)
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 10:54 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2021 at 4:30 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The name of a 9-year-old boy killed in a shooting at a home on Ailanthus Trail in Newburg has been released.

Jayden Harris died at Norton Audubon Hospital around 10:20 p.m. from a gunshot wound Wednesday night. He was a Jefferson County Public School student, a district spokesperson confirmed.

Louisville Metro Police Department Maj. Corey Robinson said the shooting happened around 10 p.m., and someone had already driven the child to Audubon Hospital before officers made it to the house.

Robinson said a short time later, investigators were told he died.

“This is somebody’s child that they won’t get ready for school tomorrow, and that just breaks my heart,” Robinson told reporters Wednesday night. “It just does. It breaks my heart.”

It has not been revealed who shot the child. LMPD is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. A department spokeswoman told WAVE 3 News the child was inside the home when he was shot, but officers are trying to determine where the bullet was fired from.

“Unfortunately, Newburg is like a lot of our neighborhoods,” LMPD Assistant Chief Josh Judah said. “There has been an uptick in shootings in almost every neighborhood. Newberg is not an exception to that.”

Robert Betts has lived in Newburg since the 1970s, and said he is heartbroken by the violence. His wife is the 9-year-old boy’s cousin.

“He was a nice little kid,” Betts said. “Just your typical 9-year-old. He was just coming into himself.”

“It’s just a downward spiral,” Betts said, referring to the Newburg neighborhood. “These things are happening more and more often. There were two shootings out here yesterday. When we were coming up, you might hear about someone getting shot and killed once a year, once every other year, but it’s getting to the point where it’s a daily occurrence.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD Anonymous Tip Line at (502) 574-LMPD (5673) to help investigators.

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