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$10,000 reward announced in deadly bus-stop shooting of Louisville teen

Tyree Smith, seen in this screengrab that's been widely passed around social media, died after...
Tyree Smith, seen in this screengrab that's been widely passed around social media, died after being shot at his school bus stop Wednesday morning.(Provided)
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 1:25 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 3:07 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Mayor Greg Fischer and other city leaders gave an update Thursday on the investigation into Wednesday’s bus-stop shooting the claimed the life of a high school student.

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Tyree Smith, 16, was shot in west Louisville and rushed to a local hospital, where he died. Two other teens were struck by gunfire, but they are expected to be OK.

Thursday, it was announced that a $10,000 reward will be available to anyone who gives information that leads to an arrest in the case.

“There are people who know who shot (Smith), and they need to come forward,” LMPD Chief Erika Shields said. “If money motivates people where conscious won’t, we’ll take it.”

Also Thursday, Smith’s mother, Sherita Smith, gave a heartbreakingly raw interview to WAVE 3 News, barely more than 24 hours after her son was killed.

“When I had him, I became a better person,” she said. Read more from her interview here.

A woman named Chyla Burks told WAVE 3 News that one of the other shooting victims came to her for help in the moments after the shooting.

“I see him dart ... running straight to me, he’s like, ‘Mam, mam, can you help me? Can you help me? I’ve been shot,’” Burks said. “And my eyes ... I didn’t see him as just a normal kid. He became my child. That’s how I seen this boy. He became my child in that instant.”

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