2 victims identified from separate shootings in Russell neighborhood on Halloween night
Homicide detectives are investigating after two men were gunned down in the same neighborhood Monday night as kids were out trick-or-treating.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Homicide detectives are investigating after two men were gunned down in the same neighborhood Monday night as kids were out trick-or-treating.
Both shootings happened in the Russell neighborhood just hours apart.
The first murder happened at 28th and Market around 8 p.m. That's where police found Brandon Jordan-Corcoran, 29, who had been shot several times. He died at the scene. People living in the area say they heard as many as a dozen gunshots.
The second shooting happened just four hours later at 24th and Elliot. When officers arrived at the scene around midnight they found Marcellus Spaulding Jr., 25, who was unresponsive, with a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.
Neighbors say the violence has become a serious problem for the west end, and it's going to take a team effort to fix it.
"It's wrong! Somebody's got to do something about it," said Donald Leslie who lives in the Russell community. "Let's do it all together. Let's hold hands. We can't do nothing more than hold hands!"
Reverend Clay Calloway, with the West Louisville Ministers Coalition, says stopping the violence isn't a simple fix.
"The only way evil can persist is if good people do nothing, so we need to speak up and speak out and make a difference," Calloway told WDRB News.
He says a lack of economic development in the area is what's driving the crime.
"Clearly, the best way to stop a bullet is not with a bullet proof vest, it's best stopped with a job," he said.
LMPD detectives have been working non-stop since last night tracking down leads. They're hoping someone who saw something will step forward.
"There was a lot of people out," said Lt. Emily McKinley at the second shooting scene. "There's a bar right here at the corner. So there was people out for Halloween, people out tonight celebrating the holiday. So there are people that heard things and we are talking to them."
Anyone with information on either of these murders is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD (574-5673). All calls are anonymous.
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