Victim in Hikes Point shooting was out on parole

Another man was shot and a 10-year-old was struck by a stray bullet in Friday’s shooting

Stanton Blvd. Hikes Point shooting victim identified

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Three people were shot in Hikes Point, Louisville Metro Police confirmed. One of the victims was a 10-year-old who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, officers said.

The scene at Stanton Blvd.
The scene at Stanton Blvd. (WAVE 3 News)

A 911 call about the shooting came in at 8:39 p.m. from the 3600 block of Stanton Boulevard, near the intersection with Noe Way, MetroSafe confirmed. That’s near Hikes Lane and Taylorsville Road.

Police arrived on scene and found one victim, a man in his 20s, suffering from several gunshot wounds. As police were investigating they found another male victim, also in his 20s.

Both men were found in yards in the area, but police believe they were in a car when they were shot. There is a car on the scene riddled with bullet holes.

Officers believe someone in another car may have targeted the men in the shooting.

Both victims were rushed to University Hospital, one with serious injuries. As of 10:55 p.m., the man in serious condition died, police said. The other man is expected to survive.

The man killed was identified on Sunday as Ralph Jeffries III, 26, of Louisville.

Police confirmed there was a third victim, a 10-year-old. The child was in another car near the shooting and was grazed by a stray bullet, officers said. The child is expected to be okay.

While detectives pieced together the story, they already had part of Jeffries' history.

Jeffries was out on parole according to state records. His prior convictions included robbery. He was 19 at the time.

He got a five year sentence but was placed on supervision in December, 2012. Less than a year after that, he gained more charges including fleeing and evading police and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Once again he was granted parole and would have been under supervision until 2020. But Friday, police found Jeffries in one of the neighbor's yards. The other man he was with was found in another yard.

"The victims ran from the vehicle," LMPD Homicide Lt. Emily McKinley said. "That is why the scene is a couple of blocks wide."

Police don’t yet have an exact motive pinned down.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673).

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