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Louisville Metro Police investigating shooting on Cecil Ave.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday morning.

LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell says the shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Cecil Avenue, near West Broadway.

Mitchell said that when officers arrived at the scene, they found a man who had been shot.

Police say it appears the shooting happened as a result of an attempted robbery. Authorities say a suspect shot the man after trying to rob him.

The man was taken to University Hospital, and officials say his injuries are non-life threatening.

Crime scene tape and flashing police lights are the last things neighbors expect to see on a weekday morning on Cecil Avenue.

Neighbor Walter Middleton said, "Robbery, break in...something like that, I didn't think about a shooting this time of day." He said he found his home surrounded by police after a morning bike ride. "I saw crime scene tape around my house so I suspected someone was trying to break into one of these houses."

Instead, police say a man was walking down the street when someone tried to rob him.

Sgt. Jason Grissom said, "During the robbery, a 51-year-old black male was shot in the torso or abdomen."

The suspect ran from the scene and the victim was rushed to the hospital after giving police a description of the man who shot him.

Sgt. Grissom said, "Our suspect is going to be (a) late teens (or) early 20s black male, about 5'5, 145 to 150 pounds, (with) a box haircut, orange shirt (and) blue jeans."

Meanwhile, police spent the morning looking for any evidence the suspect may have dropped or left behind and they're also hoping someone who is watching can help.

Sgt. Grissom said, "Anybody who was driving by, was in their house, that saw anything, that heard anything, please give us a call."

"People get their exercise and senior citizens mostly do it in the daytime because we don't want to go out in the afternoon because it is way too crowded," Middleton said.

Neighbors are alarmed by the shooting, but Middleton said it will not stop his morning bike rides. "I am not going to stop what I am doing, I am not going to live in fear," he said.

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