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Another Young Person Murdered Hours Before Increased Patrols

By Dina Kaplan

(LOUISVILLE, November 9th, 2004, 7 p.m.) -- Just as police announced a new offensive aimed at stopping violence and murder in the city's west end, a passenger in an SUV was killed when someone fired into the vehicle as it was stopped at a traffic light about 1:30 this morning. WAVE 3's Dina Kaplan reports.

Police say three other men were also in the SUV, but no one else was injured. Twenty-year-old John Shofner was taken to University Hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the city's 60th murder of 2004 happened at Manslick Road and March Blvd. in the second district. "Witnesses stated that an unknown person or persons went up to the vehicle, shot a single gunshot through the vehicle, and struck one of the people in the vehicle. They then took that person to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead."

Mitchell says police are interviewing witnesses and other people in the area.

Friends of Shofner's family were going door to door Tuesday, trying to collect the $3,000 needed for his funeral. "I just know it's really messed up," said Tiffany Uphold. "I can only imagine what his family is going through right now."

Shofner's family says he was in south Louisville, driving home with his cousins early Tuesday morning, when they slowed to stop at a traffic light, narrowly missing three men. That's when Shofner apparently warned the men about crossing the street late at night, and one of them opened fire.

The second district division is one of the divisions targeted for police officers to work overtime and go door to door to get a handle on where violence may likely occur. Stepped up patrols were set to begin Tuesday night.

Members of Shofner's family say they have heard about the plans to reduce crime, but they want action, not words, from police.

"Police need to get control of it," said Shofner's stepfather, Bill English.

Members of Shofner's family say they're more angry than sad right now. And they want families to teach their kids about the dangers of carrying a loaded gun.

English says he doesn't want his son to be referred to as the "city's 60th homicide." He wants something done about the violence.

A trust fund has been set up to help pay for Shofner's burial expenses. Contributions can be made at any National City Bank.

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