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Chief Conrad, Mayor Fischer hit the streets in west Louisville to reassure residents

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Days after seven people were gunned down in Shawnee Park, two of which were killed, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad and his officers were back on the beat Tuesday, this time at 28th and Broadway.

This week's Peace Walk was a little different though. Instead of hitting a residential neighborhood, the group changed tactics.

"We're hoping with it being the holidays and this time of day, we'll have an opportunity to interact with a lot of people," Chief Conrad said.

Chief Conrad and Mayor Greg Fischer spent the evening talking with shoppers at Kroger and the nearby McDonald's.

"This is going to be an opportunity to shake hands and reassure people that we are in this together," Chief Conrad said.

They wanted to remind citizens that the department can't do it alone.

 "We've got to share with people how important it is that they get involved," Chief Conrad said.

And that was a message that seemed to resonate with residents.

"How are these murders going to get solved?" asked Ms. Lynn, a resident of the area. "In order to better our community, we have to involve ourselves."

"The reality is that we can continue to do everything that we're doing from the police level, from the government level, our social service level, but the streets have got to say enough as well," Mayor Fischer said.

And this time, parents were the ones approaching the police.

"I want my son to know who the chief is for when he grows up and respect the police as well," said Albert Brown, who has a 5-year-old son. "If something happens, he won't be scared to come up and talk to any officer."

That was a sign that these Peace Walks may actually be working.

"We are committed to doing what we can to make Louisville safer," Chief Conrad said.

If you have any information about the shooting in Shawnee Park or any other case, call 574-LMPD. You can remain anonymous.

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