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Dixdale Avenue neighbors uneasy after Louisville man killed

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People who knew Louisville's latest murder victim say he was no stranger to violence or crime.

They say he had been shot in the leg months ago in Louisville's West End.  The search for Terrence Yancey's killer continued Wednesday afternoon. Friends say he was trying to get his life together after the shooting incident.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said a deceased black male, believed to be in his 30's, was found outside of a residence early Wednesday morning.

Gunshots rang out in the Algonquin neighborhood as neighbors say they panicked wondering what happened at 4:30 a.m. in a block filled with mainly elderly folks.

Neighbors and loved ones walked the streets of Dixdale Avenue, only for several hours in the morning, they were left unable to cross yellow lines on a portion of the block.  The asphalt was littered with shell casings and police said the front yard became the last place Terrence Yancey was seen alive.  The deputy coroner said Yancey died from multiple gunshot wounds. 

One woman said she found a large rifle in her front yard, but officials could not say what kind of weapon was used to kill Yancey.  The 31-year-old was found shot to death outside his new home.

"To find out that somebody got killed over here, that's kind of farfetched," said one neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous.

"There was a lot of people out this morning crying," the neighbor said. "So that let me know that something happened...I know that the individual who this happened to had just moved into the house there. Hadn't been over there a month yet."

That same woman said she could not help but notice the yellow tape aside the flashing blue and red lights which meant she had to walk all the way around the neighborhood just to make it to the bus stop.  Those who live around the block say Dixdale Avenue used to be a spot under the radar.

"Everybody takes care of everybody here," the neighbor said. "It's mostly quiet...and it's mostly old people that live out here."

After homicide detectives and investigators scoured the street, with cruisers and mobile crime scene units parked all down the road for hours on end, those neighbors said they are now uneasy.

"It's kind of devastating, really, just to see something go on in this street is kind of crazy, because this is a very quiet street," the neighbor said. "Don't a lot of accidents or anything happen around here."

WDRB uncovered court documents that show Yancey has a lengthy criminal record dating from 2002 to 2012. That record included entering guilty pleas for burglary, assault, wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening, drugs and weapons charges.  

Neighbors said they hope justice will be served, and there will not be no more shell casings and yellow tape lining their streets.  

"Try to let the law handle it and don't try to take it into your own hands," the neighbor said. "Because when you do, that things just get worse."

That same neighbor said she sent thoughts to Yancey's family and she believed the individual(s) responsible would be punished one way or another.

"Ain't nobody gonna take nobody's life but God, so when somebody else take a life, you know, that brings problems, because, you know that God has to get that individual and punish them."

Police have no suspects and are looking for help from the public in catching who is responsible.
Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous crime tip line at 574-LMPD.

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