LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Hours after three are killed and three are injured in West Louisville shootings, the city is already talking about ways to be proactive and try to prevent something like this from happening in the future.
Mayor Greg Fischer says he remains committed to making Louisville the safest city in America.
"It's unacceptable to me, it's unacceptable to the police and his team, and it's unacceptable to our entire community that there is any violence in our city," said Fischer.
Mayor Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad worked to calm fears and move forward. "All the individuals involved in today's cowardly acts are either deceased or now in police custody," said Fischer.
"This was not a random act, these are not the kinds of things that can happen in neighborhoods in the middle of broad daylight," said Conrad. "It's unacceptable and we have to find ways to work together to create the kind of community that we want it to be."
Chief Conrad says immediately after the shootings, additional officers were sent to the neighborhood in an effort increase police visibility, something that will remain.
"It will enhance our ability to respond to calls for service in the area before that occurs, that is something we will not only maintain through the evening, through the weekend, but into the coming weeks and months," said Conrad.
Staying active and visible is only step one. Mayor Fischer says he plans to sit down with community leaders from across the city in the hopes of strengthening communication.
This is something District 1 Councilwoman Attica Scott says she not only supports, but will make a priority. "We got to sit down face to face, we are going to have to sit down with some young folks and come up with a plan of action to stop this violence before the summer gets here because it is only going to get worse, if we don't try to address it right now," said Scott.
These efforts start immediately by the mayor and police chief. They already have plans to meet with leaders on Friday. They say they refuse to just stand by while these things happen.
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