Triple shooting survivor still fearful a year later as search for suspect continues
A man who survived a triple shooting more than a year ago that left his girlfriend and another man dead says he knows who pulled the trigger.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man who survived a triple shooting more than a year ago that left his girlfriend and another man dead says he knows who pulled the trigger.
It happened in October of 2015 at a home at 28th and Northwestern Parkway.
"Yeah I know who did it. I told police who did it," said the man, who asked not to be identified for his protection.
He is still haunted by what happened early that morning, at his friend's home in the Portland neighborhood.
"This is six seconds of hell," the man recalled as he walked us through what happened. "He put three (bullets) in her, I wake up to bop! bop! bop! That's three in her. Then, "get out of bed mother f*****", bop! bop! bop! Evidently he thought I was dead."
The survivor was hit once in the leg. His girlfriend, Jessica Shadowens, was dead beside him, and his friend who lived there, August Dichiara Jr. was shot to death on a couch. The survivor says the suspect is a man Shadowens knew, and says she texted him that night.
"At some point she woke me up in the middle of the night; she said I told him I'm laying beside you."
After a year, there still has not been an arrest, but the survivor says it is clear to him who did it.
"In the seconds of it happening, I looked at him. Now you gotta realize there's fire happening, I'm not focused, I'm waking up to gunshots. I know who he was, he knows who he is," he said.
It is not so cut and dry for police.
"There's a big difference between knowing and thinking something versus what we can prove in court," said Lt. Emily McKinley with LMPD homicide. "We're taking what we think and what we know, not just that victim, but other witnesses, their statements, and trying to make a case that we can eventually take to court."
Shadowen's sister, Jodi Kaufman, says she appreciates all the work by LMPD, and is patiently waiting for justice.
"I don't want nothing rushed, I do want the right person caught," Kaufman said. "Like I said, we all have our suspicions on who did it, but did he? I don't know, maybe he didn't. I want the right person caught."
"You only get one shot at doing that, McKinley said. "We want to put our best effort forward. The victims and their families deserve that."
As the detectives work to solve the case, the families are still waiting for the news of an arrest.
"Our family will never be the same, she's got a daughter she left behind, that's gonna need her mom," Kaufman said. "I see my mom and my dad cry all the time. It's heartbreaking."
"I never feel safe. I'm always watchin' out. How can I feel safe? But he better be as scared of me as I am of him," said the shooting survivor.
Police say they do not consider the shooting survivor a suspect. If you have any information about the case, you can call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD. All calls are anonymous.
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