3 men shot in Park Hill neighborhood

3 men shot in Park Hill neighborhood
The shooting was reported around 3:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of W. Hill Street. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)
The shooting was reported around 3:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of W. Hill Street. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro police are investigating after three men were shot in the Park Hill neighborhood.

The shooting was reported around 3:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of W. Hill Street.

When police arrived they found three victims with various gunshot wounds, according to LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley. Two of the victims were found between a building across the street from the third victim who was found in a store, LMPD Homicide Lt. Emily McKinley said.

"It's just very sad that they have to live this way," Councilman David James said.

Police believe the victim inside of the store was an employee. Police later confirmed he was struck by a stray bullet.

"Whether at night, or in the morning, in the middle of the day. It happens almost every day," Mohammed Ekhalif, the clerk at the neighboring convenience store said of the gunfire.

Ekhalif says he is quitting because the neighborhood is too dangerous.

"This area here needs a lot of attention, a lot," he said.

This past August, WAVE 3 News went undercover in these same projects. Our video showed drugs bought and sold in broad daylight. We mapped homicides, assaults, robberies and burglaries since months prior to that story---there were 55. Since it aired, add another 28 cases, not counting the triple shooting.

"It just hurts my heart," James said.

He told us he talked to police about what our cameras captured last August-- activity that seemed to disappear when police cruisers rolled by.
James believes more resources would help.

"The police department told us they didn't have enough people to dedicate the resources here to try to solve our problems," he said.

All three men shot Friday are expected to survive while the neighborhood patches itself back up.

"I think that we as a community, as a city should do and can do much better," James said.

All three men were taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. McKinley said all of the victims are expected to survive. The clerk is in his 50's LMPD said. The two other men are in their 20's.

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Police have not identified any suspects.

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