LOUISVILLE , Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Police are investigating an early morning shooting in the California neighborhood.
MetroSafe dispatchers say the shooting happened on West St. Catherine Street near 16th Street just after 6:30 a.m. A 16-year-old was reportedly shot in the hip.
We're told his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
A neighbor told WDRB she heard about six gunshots. One of the gunshots also hit a gas meter on a nearby house. The gas was quickly turned off, and a utility crew was called to make a repair.
The shooting comes as the LMPD homicide unit takes a new strategy to combat the city's murder rate. They plan to investigate all shootings in the city including those where the victims survive.
Last year, officials say 300 people were shot in Louisville and lived. The number of homicides also increased by 45 percent with 80 deaths. Police say they've added eight new detectives and a sergeant to the homicide unit to help with the increased work load.
Major David Ray from the Major Crimes Division says "a lot of times the players that are involved with shooting cases are also involved in the homicides, so we feel like if the homicide unit handles all the shooting cases, we may be able to connect the dots a little bit better and hopefully prevent some murders from happening in the future."
The only shootings police say the homicide unit won't handle are domestic violence related. Those will stay with detectives in the special victims unit.
Anyone with information on this shooting or any crime, is asked to contact the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD.
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