LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A boy is recovering after being shot Friday morning in the Shawnee neighborhood.
MetroSafe confirmed at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, one person was found with a gunshot wound near the intersection of 41st and Market Street.
Louisville Metro Police confirmed that the juvenile was shot in the arm and taken to University Hospital. He is expected to survive.
The boy was on his way to a JCPS bus stop when he was shot, Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.
“I can only imagine what it feels like to leave their house and actually walk to a school bus or anything like that,” Calvin Wooten, a youth minister sympathized. “And imagine the fear that comes from that.”
Wooten runs Love Transformation Project, a youth ministry in West Louisville. He said some kids in the program express fear.
“I try not to pry too much because for some of the kids that actually see the shootings -- that’s a real emotional deal,” Wooten said. “We try to subtly talk to them, but the biggest thing is they are just afraid to move.”
The shooting victim was found at an intersection near The Academy at Shawnee High School and a youth ministry center.
Love Transformation Project organizes monthly activities to give kids in high crime neighborhoods something positive to see. He said it’s a distraction from a reality that can happen at any moment, even on the way to school.
“If we don't give them that kind of guidance and invest in them, I don't see it getting better,” Wooten said.
An arrest has not been made and information about suspects or motives is unavailable at this time.
LMPD’s Major Crimes Unit is investigating. Anyone with information on this crime should call the anonymous police tipline at 502-574-LMPD (5673).