Coroner's office identifies body found in quiet Fern Creek neighborhood
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A deputy coroner has identified a body found in the middle of the street in a quiet Fern Creek neighborhood late Wednesday night.
According to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jack Arnold, the body was that of 19-year-old Damon Martin, a black male, who lived in the 5500 block of Mosswood Lane.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:44 p.m. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Arnold.
"About 10:30 we thought we heard a firework go off," said Ronald Decker, neighbor.
Ronald and Candy Decker soon learned the fireworks may have been gunfire.
Ronald Decker said, "About 12, a little after mid-night, our daughter, who sleeps in the end room there...came in and said, mom, there's a body in front of our house."
Police say the body of the 19 year old was found Wednesday night on Oak Creek Lane in Fern Creek.
"Someone driving up Oak Creek saw the body in the road and called in," said Ronald Decker.
"When officers arrived, they found the body of a black male that had apparently been shot," said Dwight Mitchell, with LMPD.
An ambulance was brought to the scene but Martin died before he could be transported.
Mitchell said, "It's a very tragic situation. Apparently there's a segment of our society that has no value for human life. Again this body was found in the middle of the street in a very quiet neighborhood."
"It's a very settled, quiet neighborhood, don't you think? Yes. Great neighbors," said Candy and Ronald Decker.
"This is very disconcerting to think that something like that could happen on our street," said Ronald Decker.
So far, police have not made an arrest in the case and it is all still pretty shocking to neighbors.
Candy Decker said, "We'll continue to sit out on our deck, we'll continue to do what, you know, what we've always done."
But the Deckers don't believe they have anything to worry about.
Ronald Decker explained, "I think it was an isolated incident and had nothing to do with us; I don't feel threatened. I don't feel threatened."
Police say they have no suspects.
If you have any information about this shooting you're asked to call 574-LMPD. You can remain anonymous.
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