LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A 13-year-old girl was killed in a Cane Run neighborhood shooting in Louisville Friday afternoon, LMPD Chief Erika Shields confirmed to WAVE 3 News.
The shooting was reported in the 3200 block of Elane Drive at 4:25 p.m., Metrosafe originally reported.
Shields said EMS workers performed life-saving measures on the teen but she died.
“It’s heartbreaking. We just have too many children getting shot, and it’s heartbreaking and we have to reign it in. We have to get these guns off the street,” Shields said.
Investigators believe the victim and gunman knew each other.
Though many of the neighbors declined to speak on camera with WAVE 3 News, many of them answered their doors with a house full of children about the victim’s age.
One group of young teens wondered if the girl shot was someone they knew. The red and blue lights from LMPD cruisers cast patterns on their faces as they watched officers investigate.
“It’s sad, because, this is a child! They had their whole life in front of them, and we’re burying another child,” Shields said. “Something in the equation has to change.”
The police department’s new leader demanded change in light of the record-deadly year in 2020.
“We have children dying and being shot,” she said. “We shouldn’t even be having this conversation. It’s sickening. So, we have to change, and that includes LMPD, and we simply have to get these illegal guns off the street.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD Anonymous Tip Line at (502) 574-LMPD.