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Police investigating after shooting at Beecher Terrace

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are investigating after a man was critically injured in a shooting near downtown Louisville on Friday.

Although LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley originally told WDRB News that the victim had died from his injuries based on information received from her commanders, family members say he is still on life support.

Police say it happened around 11:30 a.m. along Fisk Court, at the Beecher Terrace Housing Complex.

Police say a man was shot and moved into the passenger side of a red car.

The car ended up two blocks away at West Jefferson Street and Roy Wilkins Avenue, where police say the driver stopped and someone flagged down an emergency vehicle.

"To my knowledge there was at least the driver and the victim. Whether or not there were others inside the vehicle, I don't know at this point," said LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley.

You could see the car, with two windows broken, and bullet holes across the driver's side.

Karen King says, it was her son-in-law who was shot, and the red car was his rental car.

She identifies him as Purnell Lester, who she says goes by "Nell".

"My mother called me and said it was him. That's when I got off the highway and got over here," said Karen King.

King says her son-in-law doesn't live at Beecher Terrace, but has friends that do.

She says he is father of two girls.

"They're gonna be crushed. My daughter's falling to pieces right now so I dont' know how this is gonna turn out," said Karen King.

Police are still investigating what exactly happened and where the victim was shot.

They haven't yet said if he was inside or outside of the car when the shooting happened.

As for his family, they say this latest shooting raises a bigger concern of ongoing violence at Beecher Terrace. They are calling for the violence to stop.

"I dont' understand. It was broad daylight at that. Somebody had to be awfully mad. It's broad daylight and this is not the first one in broad daylight. It's getting that bad to where they're doing it in the daytime now, regularly. We got to do something. We got to give our younger folks something to do," said Karen King.

At last check, police say the victim was listed in grave condition at the hospital.

His family says he is still on life support.

No suspects have been named just yet.

Anyone with information, call 574-LMPD.

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