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Police: Men found dead in Newburg home shot and killed each other

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men found dead in a Newburg area home Tuesday morning shot and killed each other during a burglary, metro police said.

The names of the two victims, believed to be in their 20s or 30s, had not been released as of 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Police began their investigation at the home in the 5300-block of Red Oak Lane, near Old Shepherdsville Road, after neighbors reported hearing eight or nine shots, about 8 a.m., police said.

Neighbors told WDRB News they thought the shots were fireworks at the time, but learned the situation was more serious when police surrounded a nearby home. 

"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.

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the two men were pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors say the occupants of the home have only been there a few months, but police would not confirm if the victims lived there. 

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 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."

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