Still no suspects following deadly night in West Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say they are still looking for suspects following two deadly shootings that killed three people Tuesday night.
Police responded to reports of a shooting in the Shawnee neighborhood just before 10 p.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived to the corner of N. 39th Street and Garfield Avenue, they discovered two deceased males inside a rented white Dodge Charger. Police say both men were in their 20s. The car had Missouri plates.
According to deputy coroner Jack Arnold, the driver of the vehicle was a 32-year-old black male who died of multiple gunshot wounds. He has not been identified.
The passenger was Rodney Frey, 27, of Lexington. He also died of multiple gunshot wounds. Arnold says Frey's name was on the rental agreement for the Charger, while the other victim was the one driving it.
A few hours later, around 12:45 a.m., police were called to a home in the Russell neighborhood on reports of shots fired. Officers found 61-year-old Winford Smith dead of multiple gunshot wounds at his house, according to Arnold.
As of Tuesday night, police did not know if the shootings were related but they weren't ruling it out.
"I'm sure we'll be looking at that avenue," said LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley. "Looking at the surface, we don't have anything to say the two were connected."
Those who live in the Shawnee neighborhood, on the street where the two men were killed, say the car they were in wasn't a familiar one.
"A lot of cars come through here," said neighbor Randolph Jones. "That one, I don't remember seeing it parked at nobody's house. It don't belong to nobody in this area."
Jones has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years. He said its discomforting to watch the neighborhood take a turn for the worse. He said in the last four or five years, he has seen an increase in violence.
"When I moved out here it was mostly elderly people," he said. "A lot of the young people started moving in and that's when it really started--the killing and the dope dealing."
Following both shootings, police said they canvassed the neighborhoods. They say they still don't have any suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call (502) 574-LMPD.
Smith's funeral arrangements will be made by A.D. Porter Funeral Home.
This story has been updated to reflect the identities of two of the victims. It was updated at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015.
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