Smoketown residents fed up after 14-year-old killed in drive-by shooting
Smoketown residents are reeling after a 14-year-old boy was gunned down Wednesday night. They tell us they're sick and tired of the violence, but feel powerless to stop it.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are looking for suspects after three teens were shot -- one of them fatally -- late Wednesday in the Smoketown neighborhood.
The victim is 14-year old Troyvonte Hurt. He was one of three teens who were shot near the intersection of Campbell and Jacob Streets. Police were called to the scene around 8:45 p.m., and Derrick Dennis, who lives nearby, wasn't far behind.
"I seen a barrage of police officers just racing down Broadway," Dennis said.
Dennis, who is a family friend of at least one of the victims, was on his way home Wednesday when he walked up on the scene.
"And I realized, the closer I got, that it had hit home -- and what I mean by home is that it was really like less than 800 feet from where I live," Dennis said.
Dennis soon realized it was just about as close to home as it could get.
"A friend of mine came through screaming and yelling, and by his scream and yell, I knew that this was somebody that was close to him, somebody close to his heart, a family member," Dennis said.
It turned out to be his friend's son.
"Yes, it was chaotic, yes, it was very emotional," Dennis said.
Police are still looking for suspects, but Dennis and other neighbors want to put a stop to the violence.
"Everybody just finally got to the point where they're just frustrated and they want to know why," Dennis said. "What are we going to do? You know, we've had prayer vigils, we've had meeting with the powers that be within the city."
Troyvonte Hurt was a student at Minor Daniels Academy and previously attended Meyzeek Middle School. A spokeswoman with Jefferson County Public Schools says additional grief counselors were brought in to help students at both schools on Thursday.
Anyone with information about his murder is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 502-574-LMPD. Callers can remain anonymous.
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