6 teens shot in California neighborhood; 2 victims in serious condition
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Six teenagers were shot in California Park on Friday night.
It happened just before 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 17th and Prentice streets. That's in the California neighborhood near Dixie Highway (18th Street) and Oak Street.
The shots were a nightmarish welcoming to the neighborhood for Cedric Hamilton.
"I thought it was some firecrackers," he said.
The sound was actually a drive-by shooting.
The target was a group of teens. Six of them were shot. Their ages range from 13 to 17 year old, LMPD told us.
The violence is an all too familiar story for the California neighborhood.
It's in LMPD's second division along with neighborhoods like Algonquin, Park Duvalle and Park Hill. Those are places where violence seems to have flourished.
Since January 1, 2017, the second division has seen 120 shootings. Of those shootings, 33 have been fatal. That's almost double that of the next division in rank - the first division.
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"I'm trying to still process it myself," Hamilton said.
He remembers seeing the teens running and ducking behind trees.
This time there were no fatalities. But Hamilton says he's still holding on to hope that things will one day turn around, because right now that's all he's got.
"You can't pick your neighbors, but you can try to make things better in the area," he said.
There are no suspects at this time, LMPD Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said.
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