LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police have made arrests in connection with a Thursday afternoon shooting that left one man dead in the Beechmont neighborhood and in a separate shooting in West Louisville that injured an eight-year-old girl.
The first shooting happened around 2 p.m. Thursday in a Louisville's Beechmont neighborhood. Police were called to 149 East Woodlawn Avenue on a reported shooting. Officers found a wounded man, said to be in his early 20's. The victim was taken to University Hospital where he died from his wounds. His name has not been released.
Around 9:10 p.m. Thursday, LMPD detectives charged 21-year-old Robert K. Norris with one count of murder.
Police and witnesses said Norris and the victim got into a fight Wednesday night. That fight carried over into Thursday when one man got out of a car and was shot by another.
"He was a very nice person, and he had just gotten into a conflict, a fist fight last night, and it led to what it was today: him gone," a witnesses who didn't want to be identified told us.
LMPD responded to the second shooting which happened around 2:10 p.m. after MetroSafe received a call for help after an eight-year-old child was shot in the 1700 block of Dumesnil Street.
According to police, 18-year-old Brandon Towns of Wilson Ave. was arrested Thursday evening after firing a shotgun into a crowd on Dumesnil St. Three of those shotgun pellets struck the child in her foot and torso. She was taken to University Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are described as non-life threatening.
"I heard a big boom from over there on the side of the house," said DJ Waters, who was mowing his lawn two doors down. "Then you heard pieces flying and the little girl was standing beside the car fell out and her mother took her in the house. That's when the ambulance and police showed up."
Neighbors say they thought it was a pipe bomb and felt what they thought was glass hit nearby cars and their home.
"From my experience, I blew up frozen ice and everything and that's what it looked like when it blew up," said neighbor George Cannon. "But it sounded like a shot gun blast."
Towns was on home incarceration for a pending gun charge at the time of the shooting. He now faces additional charges of assault and escape.