Teenage shooting victim in Southside neighborhood dies

Teenage shooting victim in Southside neighborhood dies

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Alone and left for dead in a church parking lot. That's how the life of a teenage boy ended.

The shooting was reported in the 4900 block of South First Street, near Tenny Avenue, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to MetroSafe.

"I don't know what's going right now," a family friend of the victim said.

She said she got a call from the boy's frantic mother who was confused about what police were telling her.

"She said, 'uh, can you come? My son got shot, maybe he got died,'" the friend said.

It was around 6 p.m. when shots rang through the neighborhood. Calls started flying to police. Officers found the teen still alive, but that quickly changed.

"I'm sure that majority of people are tired of turning on their televisions and seeing once again that we have another homicide that we have to deal with," LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said.

The crime scene spanned a few blocks. Officers used their flashlights while looking for casings.

Several neighbors were too scared to go on camera, but they wanted to relay the message that they feel their neighborhood is being hijacked and is in need of help.

"It's just a couple rotten apples kind of spoil it for everybody," a man who lives there said under anonymity.

A few of the victim's friends said they heard the shots and walked to the scene wondering if it was one of their young friends. They were saddened to hear it was.

"We keep hearing this crazy stuff going on but it's not stopping, it keep on going," the man said.

The name of the victim has not been released.

No suspect information was immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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