LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT/WAVE) – Six shootings over the course of twenty-four hours in Louisville, four of which occurred over a span of three hours, have left multiple people injured and at least two dead.
Of the four shootings that happened in rapid succession, sister station WAVE reports they occurred in Louisville’s Chickasaw, Park Hill, Jacob, and Algonquin neighborhoods. The first call came in around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night and shooting reports continued on until around 2 a.m. Sunday.
At the scene in the Park Hill neighborhood, six men were shot around 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Dixie Highway and West Ormsby Avenue. The men were taken to the University of Louisville Hospital where one of them died. The remaining five are reported to be in stable condition.
Two others, including one juvenile, and a teenager were injured at separate scenes within the brief 3-hour time frame.
These four shootings, however, weren’t the only ones LMPD were investigating on Saturday and Sunday. The day of crime started 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 say a man driving down Interstate 264 was shot two times by his passenger. The shooter/passenger then took off with the victim's vehicle. Police say they do have a person of interest and are currently trying to locate that person.
In 24 hours, from 6:30 a.m. Saturday to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, 11 people were shot, two of them fatally. The other nine victims are recovering.
Police are actively investigating the incidents, but have not said whether any of the shootings are connected.
Jean Porter, Director of Communications for the Mayor's office has released the following statement in regards to the violent day:
"We have seen a spike in homicides in the past few weeks, and this weekend we have seen more troubling violence. These are all active investigations, and LMPD will provide information as they are able and the investigations unfold. Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to contact police at 574-LMPD.
"Overall, we continue to stay the course with our public health approach to reducing violence and our six-pillar violence reduction plan: enforcement, intervention, prevention, community mobilization, organizational change, and re-entry.
"Police continue to focus on the people, places and drugs strategy that has shown results in the past two years. And just as importantly, we continue working to stop violence before it happens through our hospital- and community-based intervention and prevention efforts. Law enforcement, community partners and the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, working collectively, has had an impact, despite this recent spate of violence. As the Mayor has said before, this challenge didn’t come up overnight, and it will take all of us working together to resolve it."
Details are still emerging from the investigation. This story will be updated as new information becomes available.