LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 15-year-old boy is the latest homicide victim in the Metro. The teen was shot around 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Rangeland Manor apartment complex in the 5200 block of Russett Boulevard.
A witness, who is an employee at Rangeland Manor, told WAVE 3 it was only a matter of time before this happened because of all the problems in the area.
"Unfortunately we have a young man in his teens that has died of what appears to be a homicide," said Officer Phil Russell, a Louisville Metro Police spokesperson.
A second witness, who was too afraid to go on camera, says just after the shooting he saw another teen reach down, grab the victim's hand, and try to pull him. When he did not respond, the witness says the other young man walked off. That witness says he stayed by the teen until police arrived, but it was too late.
"So our homicide unit is currently investigating, canvassing the area for witnesses and as always we urge the community to step forward and provide us information," Russell said.
As police asked questions, so did residents. Many gazed from sidewalks, called friends, and wondered if the victim is someone they know.
According to information given to WAVE 3, half of the apartments in Rangeland Manor are abandoned and boarded up. One employee says people who do not live in the apartments frequently hide in the dark stairwells, selling and using drugs. But that employee says the new manager is trying to help by renovating buildings, adding surveillance cameras, and extra staff for security.
Another witness told WAVE 3 at least three teens that ran from the murder scene. Investigators are just hoping one of them will come forward.
"In this situation certainly, I think the community needs to assist us as best they can providing us information on who the perpetrator is," said Russell.
If you have any information that can help Metro Police solve this case, call the LMPD Crime Tip Line at 574-LMPD (5673). All calls to the Crime Tip Line are anonymous.
At this time, the name of the teen killed has not been released by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.