LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man who walked into a convenience store and said he had winning lottery tickets was shot and killed shortly after, according to witnesses.
According to the store clerk, the victim walked inside and told everyone he had won $600 on two tickets. The clerk didn't have the cash and the man walked out. The clerk then heard gunshots.
At 2:51 p.m. MetroSafe received a report saying someone had been shot in the alley at Dixie Highway and St. Louis Avenue. LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the person in the alley was dead. LMPD said a second victim drove to the hospital on their own.
For two members of the popular band Linkin' Bridge, the news was overwhelming.
"I wouldn't be standing before you, we wouldn't be standing before you if it wasn't for him," Shon China Lacey of Linkin' Bridge said.
He said the victim, who went by Chilli Woo, was not only one of their band's biggest fans, he was like family.
"Everybody out here knows each other," China said. "Everybody's been around each other, you're talking about 25, 30 years."
"It's such a tragic thing to think that he's gone," a friend of the victim's said. "These guys have been here for so long. All of them grew up right here."
When people found out who it was they started showing up the crime scene.
"He was loved," Diniecia Breckenridge said about her friend. "I can't believe someone would do this to him."
Others called him funny, quiet, the kind of person who would do anything for you.
"Everybody loved him," Breckenridge said. "He was loving, he was kind to people, he would help you out no matter what."
The violence was hard to comprehend for the members of Linkin' Bridge.
"It hurts to see anybody in our neighborhood killing each other," Montre Davis, of Linkin' Bridge, said.
They hope their music that Chilli Woo was such a fan of will bring some change.
"We're trying to uplift the mentality of the community, trying to change their perspective, their direction," China said.
Witnesses said the victim was a nice man who had fallen on hard times and that winning the money must have been fantastic for him.
Police said another person was found beaten in a house at Dixie Highway and Wilson Avenue, just one block away from the shooting scene. They later confirmed that incident was not related to the shooting.