LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two Louisville families lost brothers and sons to gunfire near Churchill Downs early Saturday morning.
"I didn't hear the shots, but me and my boyfriend walked up on it," a neighbor who identified herself only as "A.C." told WAVE 3 News several hours later.
One was found in the intersection of the 800 block of Evelyn Avenue. He died at the scene. The other was in the driver's seat of a car parked in front of a home.
"He (the man on the pavement) was gasping for breath," A.C. said. "The other in the car had the windows rolled up and it looked like he was just dead. We couldn't get him out of the car."
First responders had to break the door glass before they could load the driver into an ambulance bound for University of Louisville Hospital.
"He just kept pointing at the house in front of him," A.C. said. Daylight revealed that at least one round had pierced the home's front window. No one answered the door when a WAVE 3 News crew knocked late Saturday morning.
The man transported died several hours later, Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley confirmed.
"I can tell you they're both men in their twenties," she said. "The investigation is ongoing for suspects and persons
Several neighbors reported hearing gunshots, but asked that WAVE 3 News not reveal their names.
"We haven't had this before, but it's been getting worse," one man said. "A lot of noise, a lot of fights among the younger
"It's not gonna end, " community activist Jerald Muhammad said. "You get them back - they come and get you back - and they retaliate and then the other group retaliates. It's a vicious, nasty cycle that needs to stop."
Police would not confirm whether they believe the men shot each other, or a third person shot both.
"A.C." says she knew one of the men from high school.
"He was just well rounded, friendly," she said. "He played basketball and football. Just so cool-everybody loved him. He didn't do nothing wrong, he just stayed out of the way."
She declined to reveal his name, preferring that the families of both young men not hear of their deaths through television, the internet, or talk on the street.
"I'm praying for you," "A.C." said of his family. "I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sorry we had to be the one to call. Nobody's God, you know. Nobody should be able to take somebody else's life."