The car involved in the crash (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Emergency vehicles at the crash scene. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police say that shortly before a crash that killed the driver of one car that man was firing shots at another vehicle.
According to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell, the crash was reported around 12:30 p.m. in the 3800 block of Southern Parkway.
Michael Mitchell and his wife Melissa Mitchell, said they heard the crash Tuesday afternoon. They found the blue Dodge on fire, crashed into a tree and the man inside was dead.
"I couldn't get a response out of him," said Michael Mitchell.
"The whole front end of his car is sitting on his chest area," said Melissa Mitchell.
Police said the preliminary investigation showed both the Dodge and a silver Chrysler 300 where traveling north on Southern Parkway at a high rate of speed and the driver of the Dodge was firing shots at the other car. Several bullet holes have been seen in the Chrysler.
Michelle Adams describes what she witnessed Tuesday afternoon like a scene out of a movie.
"It looked like he was doing 100 mph," said Adams. "I don't know he was going fast."
Police aren't sure where the conflict with drivers originated from. Witnesses said that the two were at Sissy's Liquor store about a block away before the crash scene. Richard Briney has worked there 19 years, he said the man in the blue car was a regular customer.
"Guy in blue car bought a Pepsi and some cigars and left," Briney said. "Just makes me feel bad."
The store surveillance showed the two cars outside, but not much else. Witnesses said the man in the silver car may have been law enforcement of some sort. LMPD said they are looking into that.
"We are hearing some of the same things, we are in the early stages of the investigation," said Dwight Mitchell.
Adams says the man in the blue dodge's mother showed up not long after and asked her what she witnessed.
"She said that just wasn't like her son," said Adams. "He just didn't do things like that."
The LMPD Traffic Unit is handling the crash investigation. Mitchell said police are talking to the driver of the Chrysler, who was not injured, to find out what happened.
The names of those involved have not been released.