Deadly shooting in Russell neighborhood marks third drive-by in less than a week

3 drive-by shootings occur in 1 week in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville’s streets have become a shooting range, with one drive-by after the other in just the past few days.

The time of day doesn’t seem to matter, neither does the possibility of hurting innocent people.

On Wednesday just before 3 p.m., another person was critically injured in a shooting on Vermont Avenue, according to police. Someone walked or drove up to the scene and started shooting.

“It appears that multiple shots were fired,” Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Thursday, the victim in that shooting died at the hospital.

This shooting was one of three that appeared to be drive-bys in the last week in Louisville.

“One day to another you just don’t know what goes on here in the hood," a resident of the Russell neighborhood, Gary Stewart, said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Monday, there was another drive-by, again in broad daylight. That shooting was at 40th and Grand Avenue. One man was killed, found in front of a yard.

The bullets flew through an innocent family’s home, sending them running for cover.

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Just two days before that, a third drive-by near Hikes Point. That time, a 10-year-old boy who had nothing to do with the violence around him was grazed by a bullet while riding in a car.

Two men in a car were the targets, according to police. One of them, Ralph Jeffries, was killed.

"It kind of puts a drag and despair around," Stewart said.

Stewart has lived in the Russell neighborhood all of this life and said he is sick of it. But the violence isn’t just contained to any one part of town.

“There wasn’t this going on back in the 50s, 60s, 70s," Stewart said. "We had problems back then as you know, but it didn’t come to this.”

Police have not confirmed if any of the shootings are related.

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