LMPD investigating its first homicide of 2016

LMPD investigating its first homicide of 2016
The shooting was reported at 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday. (Source: Gordon Boyd, WAVE 3 News)
The shooting was reported at 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday. (Source: Gordon Boyd, WAVE 3 News)
The shooting happened at a mobile home park. (Source: Gordon Boyd, WAVE 3 News)
The shooting happened at a mobile home park. (Source: Gordon Boyd, WAVE 3 News)
An LMPD helicopter searched for the gunman. (Source: Gordon Boyd, WAVE 3 News)
An LMPD helicopter searched for the gunman. (Source: Gordon Boyd, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY, (WAVE) - Fantasia Aguilar and Amy Lazrovitch have learned from experience that silence seems to ensure safety at Autumn Lake Mobile Home Park in far southwest Jefferson County.

"Keep to myself," Lazrovitch, a resident for nine years, said. "I know my neighbors either side of me and that's it."

"I see a couple of young boys walking down the road, causing trouble," Aguilar said. "But nobody I really know down there."

Four doors down, a 911 call just after 11:15 a.m. Wednesday brought out a search helicopter and uniformed officers combing the brush-line separating homes from the railroad tracks.

Louisville Metro Police were investigating their first homicide of 2016.

"A man was found outside, white, believed to be in his 30s," LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. "Who had suffered at least one gunshot wound."

"The woman who found him was a nurse," her father said. "She called 911 and performed CPR."

"He was transported to University Hospital," Smiley said.

He was pronounced dead about an hour later. The Jefferson County Coroner has yet to release the victim's name or a cause of death.

Police believe the man was visiting an acquaintance here, but have not said why.

"We do not have any persons of interest or a suspect in custody," Smiley said. "However they are canvassing the neighborhood, and hopefully will have more details as the investigation continues."

Shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Forensic Unit towed away a pickup truck neighbors had reported seeing in the area shortly after the shooting. Investigators declined to identify its owner, or to explain how they believe it might be tied to the crime.

Throughout the afternoon, non-residents dropped by to check on friends who live in Autumn Lake. At least half a dozen left distraught. One said she has been unable to reach the 19-year-old son of a friend in whose yard the victim was found. She also has not heard from another friend, the approximate age of the victim.

Lazrovitch has made up her mind.

"It's time to move out," she said. "Take the trailer with me or leave it behind, I don't care anymore. The time has come."

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