LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – He's just 16 years old, but already charged with murder.
Louisville Metro police said the teen shot and killed another man around 10 a.m. Wednesday, a time when most other teens are in school, not committing murder.
The shooting happened near 32nd Street and Greenwood Avenue.
The victim's wounded body was found in an alley behind a home. But while paramedics tended to him, detectives got a surprising call coming from this gas station a few blocks away. WAVE 3 News confirmed it was the suspect himself, who picked up the phone to call police.
Detectives rushed to the Speedway where they had him in handcuffs within minutes.
The teen lives on the block where many other parents have teenagers too.
"I try to keep them near and dear to me because I don't want anything to happen to them 'cuz this is just too random nowadays," Shamonda McDonald, who lives nearby, said.
Two churches are located right next to the homicide scene, one of which hosted an anti-violence meeting about two weeks ago.
Children walk down the block all of the time to visit the Shawnee Boys and Girls Club, a few houses down from the crime scene.
The club is a designated safe place for kids. But that's little reassurance for some neighbors who worry about what happens to the children outside of the club's walls.
"I just pray to God that he watch over our babies," McDonald said.
The name of the victim has not been released.
The suspect was taken to Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center and charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence.