LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police have identified the victims of a fatal shooting that happened Thursday night, November 12 in southwest Jefferson County. Friday, we spoke with detectives and family members of the victims about what happened.
With a vast crime scene and dozens of witnesses, LMPD homicide detectives worked late into Thursday night talking to dozens of residents and gathering information. By Friday morning, the detectives did have some leads, including evidence found in a dumpster near the crime scene in the 4100 block of Tipsy Circle, just off Cane Run Road.
"We did locate something of evidentiary value, and I'll probably have to leave it at that because of the details of the case," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, commander of the LMPD's Homicide Unit.
Wilkerson added that a weapon or weapon had been discovered at the crime scene, and a person of interest has been identified, but because police are still talking to witnesses and sorting through evidence, it's too early to release specifics or say whether the weapons were relative to the case.
Detectives do believe an argument that started earlier in the parking lot at the Whispering Wood apartment complex escalated quickly. Shots were fired just after 5 p.m.
"We're attempting to determine exactly who was involved, we know there were several people. Still attempting to determine how it started," Wilkerson offered at a press conference Friday afternoon. "It was over an altercation that took place probably earlier, and earlier in that apartment complex."
The victims have been identified as 50-year-old Diana Wood, who died of a single gunshot wound, and her 29-year-old son Steve Wood, Jr., who was shot multiple times. Both were residents of the Tipsy Circle apartment. Steve Wood, the father of Steve Wood, Jr., said he was just coming home from work when the fighting started and that he was injured in the ruckus. Stevonte Wood, Steve Jr.'s 13-year-old brother, was at the apartment when the fighting started. The Farnsley Middle School student said he went to school with one of the people involved.
"It was right here...and somebody was right there," said Stevonte, gesturing to the area just outside the apartment. "And then, everybody started yelling and stuff."
Stevonte said at one point he went outside then heard a gunshot and thought he saw his brother run back inside.
"Then I came back in and he's on the ground." said Stevonte, who says he injured his arm during the fighting.
According to Stevonte, Diana Wood had recently suffered a stroke and was using a wheelchair and walker. Police found her body in the breezeway of the apartment by the door.
"My Momma, she's in a wheelchair," Stevonte said. "She got on her walker and then started walking. And went to see what happened. And she got shot."
Surviving family members agree the original argument was somewhat childish and never should have led to such a tragedy.
"I know it was over something stupid," said Stevonte. "..it (the disagreement) had been going on for a long time. My Momma and my brother, they died over a lie."