Police investigating double homicide in Newburg
Homicide detectives are investigating after two people were killed at a home in the Newburg area early Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 8th 2014, 8:23 am EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police and homicide detectives are investigating after two people were killed at a home in the Newburg area early Tuesday.
It happened around 8 a.m. at a residence in the 5300 block of Red Oak Lane, near Old Shepherdsville Road. People who live in the neighborhood tell us they thought they heard 8-9 shots, which they thought were fireworks at the time, but later learned it was more serious when police surrounded a nearby home. Police were investigating a large crime scene, using police tape to block at least nine homes in the area.
"It sounded like fireworks, you know, but it was coming, like, back-to-back," said James Edelen, a neighbor. "And I'm like, 'No, that sounds like gunshots, really.'"
"The police came around out of nowhere and started taping all this off," Edelen added.
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says it's too early in the investigation to confirm reports that the shootings happened during a home invasion. Investigators are talking to witnesses and looking for a suspect or suspects.
Police say the two men were in their 20s or 30s and were pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors say the occupants of the home have only been there a few months, but police won't confirm if the victims lived there. Police say they still don't have any suspects.
"At this point, we haven't ruled out any factors on what's going on here," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell. "We don't know exactly who was living there. Our detectives at this time are canvassing the neighborhood for potential witnesses."
Shortly before 11:30 a.m., officers obtained a search warrant to enter the home and a crowd gathered in the neighborhood. Homicide detective Todd Kessinger told WDRB's Courtney Godfrey that homicides are rare in that neighborhood, but police did respond to one within the last month just a few blocks away.
Bishop Dennis Lyons of the Voice of Louisville civil rights organization lives in the area and said neighbors tell him the suspects and victims knew each other.
"It's not people coming in from out of town," Lyons said. "But it's our kin folk that are being killed and our kin folk that are doing the killing."
Police do say they've taken several people in for questioning, but no one has been named and they have yet to make an arrest.
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