LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A violent 24-hours rocked Jefferson County. Between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, eight people were shot and two of them died.
It all started just minutes after midnight, at 12:05 a.m., near the corner of 38th Street and Larkwood Avenue in the Shawnee neighborhood.
Someone opened fire on two people. Witnesses said the two victims were sitting in a car when another vehicle drove by and began shooting.
Jay Brooks was at home watching a movie when he heard six gun shots.
“We heard gun shots,” Brooks said. “We got on the ground because it was so close.”
The first victim was found on Larkwood. The second person was found around the corner on 38th Street.
“Very scary, not gonna lie," Brooks said. “Anyone could have gotten hurt.”
Both victims were taken to University Hospital and are expected to survive.
Two hours later, around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, police were called to Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital after two people showed up with gunshot wounds. They were transported to University Hospital and are also expected to survive.
The victims told police they were leaving Legend’s Nightclub and were about two miles away, in the area of Wilson Avenue and Algonquin Parkway when someone shot them.
Around the same time, police were called to Brashear Drive in Park Hill.
That’s where Stephanie Tarbell’s son, 25-year-old Deontae Yarnell, was shot and killed.
“I just got up and went and it was him,” Yarnell said. “I just want to know why? What did he do? Why would you take somebody that was loved by so many.”
Then around 4 p.m. a man was found with a gunshot wound in the 3800 block of Oboe Drive, at an apartment complex off Shanks Lane.
Police said the victim was rushed to University Hospital where he went directly into surgery. At last check, doctors listed him in critical condition.
Around 9:30 p.m., Tommy Bell woke up and saw commotion outside his door on Grand Avenue in the Parkland neighborhood.
“What happened is that young man lives next door to me was shot and somehow made it home from wherever he was shot at,” Bell said. “I saw the shoes and evidence in my yard and I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?!'”
Police said that victim is expected to survive.
Just about an hour later, a man was shot near the intersection of 18th and Main streets in the Portland neighborhood. He died on the scene from his injuries.
Family of the victim told WAVE 3 News he was shot in front of his child. The coroner has not released his name.
Police do not believe the cases are connected. So far, officers have not made arrests in any of the shootings. Anyone with information is urged to call the Louisville Metro Police Department’s anonymous tipline at 502-574-LMPD (5673).