3-year-old recovering after being shot

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 3-year-old boy is recovering after he was shot in the leg Friday night.

The calls started coming into MetroSafe just before 8 p.m. of a large group fighting near the intersection of 41st and Muhammad Ali in the city's West End.

Police received calls of shots fired in the same area moments later.

Chad Rehnberg was near the area participating in a church prayer walk

"We ended up coming up on the fight as it was starting," Rehnberg said. "Then the fight moved up the block and then the gunshots started. We just were praying."

Around 8:30 p.m. a call came in that a 3-year-old was shot in the leg at a home near 41st and Ali. The child was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital.

"It's a bad situation that a 3-year-old got shot," said Walter Perry who lives in the neighborhood. "It could've been an adult. But, just a 3-year-old? It's bad. Very sad. Very sad."

Saturday, the news didn't sit well with neighbors.

"Why would they shoot that child?" asked Dwain Freeman, who lives in the area. "Somethin' ain't right."

A woman who told WAVE 3 the child is her best friend's son said the mother and her child were walking home from the bus when he was shot.

What appears to be a bullet shell casing could be seen on the ground Saturday afternoon.

"My understanding is that gunshots are being fired around here all the time," said Perry. "If someone would happen to get killed or get shot, something like that, you never know. You hear this periodically all the time."

Freeman said several questions were fostered in his heart and mind after the shooting. "How can I save them?" He asked. "What can I say to them? To make them think that guns ain't all that. Because they could've killed that child, could've killed his mamma."

Perry said the incident could be a learning point. "I wish that something could be done about it. Someone, I'm sure, whoever's seen it or heard the situation would come forward. I would hope that that would happen. For that mother or for that father, especially for that little kid," Perry said. "I'd like to see more police officers patrolling the neighborhood just a little bit more. Don't go by so fast. Just take your time and come through. I'm sure they're doing their job. But, I think just a little bit more patrols in the area would probably cut down on it."

Louisville Metro Police told WAVE 3 arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call police on the anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD (5673).

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