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Family: Road rage victim mugged 2 weeks before his murder

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Danny Wilson is seen here holding a baby. (Source: Family photo) Danny Wilson is seen here holding a baby. (Source: Family photo)
Donald Hayes (Source: LMDC) Donald Hayes (Source: LMDC)
The shooting happened on the parking lot of Chase Bank and C.T. Haircutters at 4200 Poplar Level Road. The shooting happened on the parking lot of Chase Bank and C.T. Haircutters at 4200 Poplar Level Road.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man arrested for murder after an altercation on Poplar Level Road on Saturday sold hot dogs for years at the corner of 6th and Liberty in downtown Louisville.

Donald Hayes, 67, was charged with the murder of Danny Wilson, 57, on June 21. Hayes posted $10,000 bond and was released from jail.

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Wilson died of a gunshot wound at 12:19 p.m. at University of Louisville Hospital. His family said Wilson was a cancer survivor and checked on his mother every day. Wilson's mother said he was headed to check on her right before he was shot on the parking lot of Chase Bank and C.T. Haircutters at 4200 Poplar Level Road.

"I just want to know why," questioned Leona Wolfe, Wilson's mother. "What he did to deserve to get shot in the face? I know he was coming over here to see me. I know he was because he does every day."

"It doesn't matter if you get into an argument with somebody, it doesn't give you the right take somebody's life," said Christy Wilson, Danny Wilson's daughter. "He fought so hard to be alive through cancer and then something stupid like this."

Wilson's family said he carried a night stick in his car for his protection after being mugged two weeks earlier. There was broken glass at the crime scene.

Wilson's family is outraged that Hayes is out on bond.

"He should not be on the streets," said Donnie Wolfe, Wilson's brother. "He shot somebody in the face. He murdered someone. So what if his windshield got busted. He should have called the police. He followed my brother to the bank parking lot. My brother wasn't chasing him. He chased my brother."

Wilson's family also said the two men did not know each other.

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Hayes will be arraigned on Wednesday, June 25 at 9 a.m. He was scheduled to appear in jail court on Monday morning, but bonded out.

I went to Hayes' home for comment, but no one answered. Downtown, the people who bought hot dogs from Hayes were shocked to learn of his arrest.

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