Father identifies 2-year-old shooting victim

Father identifies 2-year-old shooting victim
The shooting happene dint eh 6500 block of Huff Lane. It was reported at 1:07 p.m. (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
The shooting happene dint eh 6500 block of Huff Lane. It was reported at 1:07 p.m. (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Jordan Mefford (Source: Family photo)
Jordan Mefford (Source: Family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 2-year-old boy who was shot in the face has died.

The shooting was reported at a home in the 6500 block of Huff Lane, located off Lees Lane, at 1:07 p.m. Monday. The toddler's father identified him as Jordan Mefford.

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Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the child was in the home with at least two other people, one of them an adult. The others in the home are being questioned by detectives as police try to determine what led to the shooting.

"I got a call that the baby had been shot," Jimmy Gassoway, the victim's grandfather, said. "I went straight to the hospital and here I am. I went in there with the mama and he was gone."

Gassoway said Mefford was home with his 3-year-old brother. A family member was babysitting the two children while their pregnant mother was at a doctor's appointment.

The boys' father said the brothers were in a room alone when his 9 millimeter pistol was fired. He said it's unclear which child pulled the trigger. The father said he always keeps the gun in a safe.

The brothers lived at the house on Huff Lane with their family. The boys were often seen in the yard.

"That's their back door on the side," Joyce Lynch, a neighbor, said. "They would be there and playing around. (They were) cute little kids, real cute."

Police aren't saying exactly how the 2-year-old was shot or what type of weapon was used. However, the family member in the house with him was taken for questioning.

"It's just a horrible tragedy," Lynch said. "I don't believe in guns, but if you do have one my gosh you have to be careful with it. You know a 2-year-old hasn't had a chance at life."

Louisville Metro police escorted the ambulance carrying the child Norton Children's Hospital in downtown Louisville. Video of that escort can be seen below:

The name of the child has not been officially released. The LMPD Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting.

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