VIOLENT WEEKEND: Louisville police respond to three homicides in three days
Three murders in three days made for a violent weekend in what is already a violent year in Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a violent weekend in what has already been a violent year in Louisville. After what had been a two-week lull in the gunfire, there have been three murders in the past three days.
The most recent homicide happened early Monday morning in southwest Louisville. A man was shot and killed in The Landing apartment complex hear Doss High School.
A maintenance worker, who also lives there, described the area as quiet, until he heard the gunshots.
"Once you hear gunshots, you know they're gunshots," said Frank Garner. "Not a loud bang. Not a garbage truck, dumpster, nothing like that. Gunshots."
That sound was also heard Sunday morning in the Russell neighborhood near 27th Street and Jefferson Street. Demetrius McLaurin, age 40, was found in Lakeisha Mangrum's backyard.
"It seems like it's just nothing but senseless deaths going on around," she said.
On Saturday morning came the senseless death of 28-year-old Stepfon Harris. He was found shot in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn downtown.
Harris had worked with community activist Christopher 2X on peace issues.
"They still have to go back into those neighborhoods. Only thing we try to be is the best cheerleader and encourager that we can be," 2X told WDRB News.
Harris' murder broke a two-week lull in the shootings.
"Sometimes when things kind of simmer down in a way they can easily erupt again," said 2X.
2X believes the break in violence may have been, in part, because of all the national focus on conflict between police and the African American community.
"I believe, for some reason, there was pivot in mindset as it relates to social issues and how significant these issues can affect us in a way that we don't want to hurt each other anymore," said 2X.
But 2X says, reducing the violence long-term is going to take time and persistence. He says there's a growing consensus that it should be treated as a public health issue.
"There's an urgency to try to do early intervention once we see the tell-tale signs of anger and rage issues gone astray and try to bring them back," said 2X.
"So it's not your conventional public disease or health issue, but it's an unconventional public health issue that needs some urgent care."
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