Few details revealed in shooting of 18-year-old killed on his birthday
Investigators said they've already talked to everyone involved and are not looking for any suspects.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are still more questions than answers in the shooting death of 18-year-old Eric Tellis at his apartment complex in Hikes Point.
Tellis was born June 29, 1998. He died exactly 18 years later on June 29, 2016. Lingering police tape the day after is a reminder of what happened Wednesday night at the Enclave at Breckenridge apartment complex near Taylorsville Road.
“I heard a loud noise, as if someone was beating on my window,” neighbor Raphael Santiago told WDRB News.
But Santiago didn't think anything of it until he started hearing from friends.
“My friends had called me to see if I was OK, and I was like, 'For what? What are you talking about?' And they said there's a shooting out there,” he said.
That noise he heard was actually gunshots. Officials said Tellis died of multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neighbors said they saw Tellis arguing with another man, but what it was over has yet been revealed.
“At this time, we're not looking for any suspects. We feel like we have all the persons involved at this point. Subsequently, the investigation is ongoing,” said LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.
Santiago has lived in the complex for about two years, but says he never knew the young victim. He said while any shooting is tragic, he's just not surprised anymore.
“There's a lot of shootings these days, so it's not awe-inflicting,” Santiago said. “It's really bad that you feel somewhat numb to this, you know, like ohhh another shooting.”
Whether you live in west Louisville or east Louisville, he added you just never know anymore.
“Earlier today somebody asked me which shooting and I was like, 'Oh, we live in the time where we have to say which shooting? That's crazy,'” Santiago said.
The homicide unit is investigating. Police said the case will be handed over to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for review.
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