Metro Councilman calls for action after shootings

Published: Oct. 23, 2016 at 4:47 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2016 at 4:50 AM EDT
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Councilman David James (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)
Councilman David James (Source: Michael Williams, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After a triple shooting in the Park Hill neighborhood Friday, two men were shot Saturday afternoon nearby in the Algonquin neighborhood. The shootings happened in a part of town that WAVE 3 News has identified as one of the city's most dangerous. One member of the Louisville Metro Council says he knows where to place the blame.

The victims of the most recent shooting are both young men. One is likely to survive, but it's too soon to tell about the other.

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"Citizens that live here deserve the same thing that everybody else deserves in this city," said Councilman David James (D-District 6), as he fought back tears.

Less than an hour before the shootings, James was near the scene at a community event. He says the police were there and everything was peaceful. The problem, said James, is when the police leave.

"Just had three shootings less than 100 yards from here yesterday," said James. "Two shootings today. But we're pulling police officers off their beats to go provide free security for an event downtown. Doesn't make any sense to me."

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James said again that he believes the Louisville Metro Police Department is understaffed and that officers are being sidetracked to cover events, like Saturday's Urban Bourbon Half-Marathon, instead of patrolling problem areas.

"So we don't have enough police officers here in this city to protect these citizens that live here and we need that," James said. "And that rests squarely on the shoulders of the mayor and the police chief."

A spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer said he could not comment without speaking to LMPD Chief Steve Conrad. An LMPD spokeswoman pointed to an announcement in which the department added 28 officers to its most recent class of recruits which brought the class to the maximum of 150 recruits.

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