Robert Levine in a mugshot from 1988. (Source: WAVE 3 archives)
The home where the shooting occurred.
Police tape on the ground outside of the home.
LOUISVILLLE, KY (WAVE) - A mother is recovering after what police are calling a murder suicide that went wrong.
Detectives are calling a double shooting that happened around 9:07 p.m. Wednesday near Fern Valley Road an attempted murder-suicide, but police say the deceased gunman missed his target.
In the daylight, only a shred of crime scene tape is left behind of the chaos that unfolded inside a Newburg home.
Louisville Metro Police said Robert Levine, 46, shot his girlfriend but didn't kill her.
He then turned the gun and killed himself.
Detectives said the girlfriend's daughter and son were in the home.
Neighbors said one of the children came running out of the home and going to every neighboring home knocking on doors and frantically trying to get someone to call 911 for help.
James Fugett, a neighbor who lives next door, explained, "By the time I could get to the door she had left my porch and was on the next door doing the same thing and she was just running up and down the street knocking on every door hollering that he shot my momma, he shot my momma."
Another neighbor, Gabe Dever recalled, "When they called 911 they told them that the girl was outside and they said don't let nobody in, it might be the shooter."
Fugett said Levine was a good neighbor for the most part and worked weird hours, "One night I woke up and he was out here sawing limbs off this big old tree here and it was about 2:30, 3:00 a.m."
But Wednesday night, police said Levine had turned this quiet community into a crime scene.
"The biggest commotion I've ever seen is maybe somebody speeding down through here," explained Fugett.
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