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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville has seen a triple homicide for the first time in nearly a year.
Police found three men, shot dead, outside an apartment building in south Louisville off Georgetown Place, south of Berry Boulevard, on Sunday. Officers responded after 2:30 p.m.
On Monday, police said they believe gunfire was exchanged during the altercation, and it does not appear that any suspects are outstanding.
The coroner's office had not released the names of the three victims. Police said each had a local address, though no one lived in the apartment complex where the shootings occurred. And a police spokeswoman said one of the three victims had spent "a great deal of time" at the apartment complex as a "visitor."
Relatives of at least one of the victims rushed to the scene after they received phone calls about the shootings.
"I got a phone call that he had got shot, my cousin had got shot. I rushed over here real quick to see what was going on," said William Tandy. He identified himself as a first cousin of one of the shooting victims.
Police gathered near an SUV in the apartment parking lot. They said two of the men lay dead in the front seat with one window shattered. The third lay nearby on the pavement.
"They do appear to be in their twenties, all black males. Two of them found deceased in the vehicle, one found outside the vehicle, also deceased," said Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley at the scene.
It was too early to talk about a motive, any weapons found at the scene or how the shootings "may have transpired," Smiley said in a news release late Sunday.
Tandy and other relatives believe they have an idea about a motive, involving at least that first cousin.
"I think somebody was trying to rob him, because here lately, I think for the past 2-3 days, he had called me and told me that somebody had robbed him," William Tandy said.
Police expected to spend most of the night gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.
"I'm sad, I'm really sad, just not for my nephew, but for society. With these young people, they just can't handle things the right way. The first thing they know is, 'Shoot.' They don't know any other way how to solve things, just to shoot them," said Denise Person, who said she was an aunt of one of the victims.
Person described her nephew as a good person, unemployed, who loved his family. Tandy agreed.
"He was the type person that would make you laugh. If you was down, he'd put you up. I don't see why someone would choose to do him like that," William Tandy said.
William Tandy said his first cousin was likely visiting friends -- and young children, including his own 10-month-old son, may have been in an apartment at the time of the shootings.
Police reported that no one else was reported hurt.
Police ask you to call the anonymous tip line if you have other information, 574-LMPD.