LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting that occurred in the Shelby Park neighborhood just hours after LMPD Chief Steve Conrad was there to march in a peace walk.
The shooting was reported about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Camp Street. When officers arrived at the scene they found a man in his 20s who had been shot while on the front porch of his home, LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. He was taken to University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead.
Despite what happened, police say it proves the importance of the peace walks, which aim to promote anti-violence efforts and build trust with the community and police. Police realize the positive impact of their efforts may not come right away.
"Crime didn't start last week, it's been around forever." said LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell. "Any efforts we make even though sometimes you go back to things you've always done, old tried and true practices that may work. We are going to continue to do anything we can to help our neighbors and citizens to help them feel as safe as they can."
For many in the Shelby Park neighborhood, it's not about just talking the talk it's about walking the walk.
"It's really easy to click a like button on Facebook, it's really easy to tweet something on social media," said Shelby Park Neighborhood Association board member Casey Hamm. "It's much more beneficial to actually step outside your home."
Hamm joined his neighbors for the peace walk Tuesday night.
"We started with 30-35 people as we walked," said Hamm. "People joined us from their porches, people who saw us in the park wanted to stop and talk."
The Camp Street homicide was troubling to many.
"I'm afraid to take my son out by myself," said one woman who did not want to be identified.
Roy Strader has owned JR's Bar for 16 years. He's lived in the neighborhood and has seen the problems.
"It's sad, very sad," said Strader. "A lot of drug activity and stuff out here."
Strader says speaking out and walking the streets, like residents and police were Tuesday night still has a positive impact.
"Doing something is better than nothing," said Strader. "At least it's an effort."
LMPD will have the peace walks every Tuesday as long as the weather cooperates.
Chip Rogalinski is the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association president and was also at the walk. He's proud of each and every step his neighbors have taken to bring positives to their streets.
"We walked the walk last night and we'll continue walking making sure we are taking care of each other," said Rogalinski.
There have been ongoing efforts in Shelby Park - planting trees, to street murals, and renovating homes to revitalize the area. On September 10th at the Shelby Park Community Center people can see some of those houses and learn about the process to become a homeowner. For more information click here: https://www.facebook.com/ShelbyParkNeighborhoodAssociation/
As for the Camp Street homicide case, police say there are no suspects in the case. Anyone with information about the shooting should call the LMPD anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673).