Apartment residents concerned about safety after deadly shooting

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Several apartment residents say they're concerned about their safety after a 3-year-old boy died after being shot Friday night. The shooting happened at the 550 Apartments on S. 8th St. Those apartments are managed by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

Several residents told WAVE 3 they don't think the apartment complex is a safe place for them and their kids. They say Friday's shooting is just a glimpse into the problems there.

Davion Powell was shot in the head in an apartment while visiting family with his mom. Police say it happened after a few weeks of fighting. Residents told us things have gotten worse this year.

Police agree saying the runs to that location have picked up dramatically. We took those concerns right to the top of the Metro Housing Authority. Executive Director Tim Barry wouldn't talk about the incident saying it's a police matter, but he told us while officers look into safety residents can ask to move.

"They can ask for a transfer, any property we own, any of our facilities. They can transfer if they so desire if they feel a need. We get transfer requests all the time," Barry said.

A tenant who wants to move must first fill out the transfer application. Barry says most of the time those requests are for convenience in order to be closer to family, church, or school.

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