LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The name of a man who was shot and killed Tuesday night in a Dixie Highway Taco Bell parking lot during dinner time has been released.
The victim was identified as Alton David Crockett, 48, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jo-Ann Farmer.
The crime happened in a popular part of Valley Station with lots of restaurants and shopping. The victim was shot multiple times and left for dead in the parking lot on the opposite side of the drive thru while plenty of people were inside at 7:30 p.m.
Even though the Dixie Highway Taco Bell was back open for business on Wednesday, the frightening violence that took place hours earlier was hard to accept for people who live and work in that area of Valley Station.
"The 1950s when I grew up, was a big difference," resident Jack Sparks said.
Sparks has a booth at Vendor's Village right behind the Taco Bell. Right after the shooting, the manager locked the doors to make sure shoppers and vendors stayed safe while police were still searching for a shooter.
Sparks said, "It's not uncommon anymore in the world we live in."
Cathy Borden who started the Facebook page "I Am Dixie Highway" believes police are doing the best they can with the number of officers they have in the area.
"I think that it's just disheartening when you just keep seeing these things over and over again," Borden said.
A number of people who said they were in the area when the shooting happened sounded off about the increase in violent crime. Borden said the Dixie Highway community is vocal and helpful in solving crimes. She said with so many drug crimes and thefts, she hears from people who want elected leaders to start looking harder at what happens after an arrest.
"We have to look at how we are turning these people back out on the street after no time and we have to start punishing people for the crimes they commit," Borden said.
As for Tuesday's shooting victim, WAVE 3 News confirmed Crockett worked at the Essex Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Officials there said they could not comment on Crockett or what happened to him. Funeral arrangements for Crockett are being made at Parrott-Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
Louisville Metro Police Department Detectives were back in the area Wednesday, possibly looking for surveillance video from other businesses.
Anyone with information is asked to call (502) 574-LMPD.