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Data shows an uptick in gunshot wound patients in Louisville this year

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Data released from the University of Louisville Hospital's Trauma Center appears to show an uptick in the number of patients with gunshot wounds so far in 2015.

There were 45 gunshot wound patients throughout January, February and March of this year. That number includes fatal and serious injuries. 

In 2014, there were 38 gunshot wound patients in the first three months of the year and 29 during the same period in 2013.

Tay Reed, 13, is likely included in the statistics from March 2015. He was shot on March 2 on Amy Avenue near 38th Street. Some of Reed's organs were damaged. He went underwent two surgeries.

“Sometimes I was going through pain,” he said. “Sometimes I wasn't.”

Of the 203 gunshot wound patients in 2014, officials at U of L hospital say 67 percent required operations for their injuries. 

“The numbers are pretty telling,” said Christopher 2x, who visits many shooting victims in the hospital and comforts the families of those who have died.

He describes it as a "public health issue." He's hosting a panel Friday at 6 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center that will include trauma surgeons, shooting survivors and Master P and his son Romeo. 

He hopes it will start a dialogue in the community. 

“The survivors have to live with the psychological impact of that shooting, also physically,” 2x said. 

It's an impact Reed knows firsthand. 

“Everybody should have a life to live when they get older,” Reed said. 

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