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2 children injured in shooting, suspects arrested

Willie Simms (Source: LMDC) Willie Simms (Source: LMDC)
Dalisha Jeffery (Source: LMDC) Dalisha Jeffery (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Just hours after a shooting that sent two children to the hospital, police arrested two people they said are responsible.

Around 1:30 on the morning of August 12, police arrested a man and a woman in connection with a shooting that took place on August 11 at the City View Park apartment complex near downtown Louisville. Willie Simms, 25, and Dalisha Jeffery, 27, were found after police received a tip after the shooting.

Around 9 p.m. on Saturday, an 11-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl were outside one of the apartments in that complex. Police said an altercation happened and someone in a green SUV fired shots in the proximity of the children.

"It ain't a shock. I mean, it happens. Look where we live at. Look what we live around. It ain't nothing new," said a neighbor who lives in the apartment complex. She did not want her name known.

The 11-year-old was shot in the leg and the 7-year-old had a graze wound. They were sent to Kosair Children's Hospital and have since been released.

"I mean, it's a family corner. We're just concerned about our kids. They don't care about our kids, but we do," the neighbor said.

Christopher 2X, of Fighting Crimes Against Children, said this is not the first shooting involving children - pointing back to the June 11 shooting at the Park Hill housing complex, among others.

"What we've got to constantly do is remind the children that they have a right to inhabit their environment in a safe way. I know it seems like 'well, that's redundant.' But, at the same time what else are we to do? Advocate on doing nothing? We can't think like that. We have to let them know that this is their neighborhood," 2X said.

The recent violence involving children also sparked emotion in Raymond Evans who also lives in the neighborhood where the shooting took place, "I just feel like they should just stop all the shooting and the police should do a little more to help because my little cousin, in the 550s, Davion Powell got killed."

The neighbor who wished to remain anonymous said she and others keep a close eye on their children, "Everybody's kids play with each other. I mean, we've got to watch them, but we can't just keep them in the house 'cuz people's own nonsense."

Simms and Jeffery each face charges of two counts of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment.

"Shouldn't no kid be caught up in no gunfire. Whatever adults got going on, they need to keep it between them. I mean you've got to think about the kids." The children are why the anonymous neighbor said she refuses to live in fear. "But, it's us, as parents, we've got to take control and move our kids away from violence," she said. "Early in the morning, I'm looking. I promise you that."

The two girls are home recovering from their injuries.

"I just pray for the family. I hope the kids are ok," said the neighbor.

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