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Police identify suspect in Shawnee Park shooting, make plea to end violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro police say they now know who started the Thanksgiving Day shootings at Shawnee Park.

Lt. Emily McKinley with the LMPD homicide unit says 26-year-old Michael Carter got into a fight, pulled out a gun and started shooting. Police say he shot a man in the neck who survived, and then shot 32-year-old William McKee, who died at the scene.

As Carter was trying to leave, police say he was shot and killed by an unknown suspect.

Police are still investigating who could have been the other shooters, but evidence helped them make this new connection.

"We got some evidence results back," McKinley said. "And based on some ballistic evidence that we've received, at this time we were able to posthumously clear the homicide of William McKee with Michael Carter, who was also killed during that incident." 

A total of seven people were shot that day. Carter and McKee are the only two who died.

It's been just over three weeks since those Thanksgiving shootings, and the violence in Louisville rages on. 

"Unfortunately 2016 has been a pretty rough year for our city when it comes to violent crime,” McKinley said.

At a press conference Monday, police painted a picture of another heartbreaking homicide scene on Saturday night. 

“It was pouring down rain, the puddles were starting to form and there's Christmas lights up,” McKinley said.

51-year-old George Brown was found shot several times in the front yard of a home on Olive Street.

"And then you have a 5-year-old little boy, standing next to his dad, the man he called his dad, while he takes his last breaths,” McKinley said. 

The red and blue flashing police lights, the pounding rain, the twinkling Christmas lights, and the young boy, now without a father.

"and it's the week before Christmas... so that should never be, and that's not okay,” McKinley said.

The scene prompted McKinley to reveal her Christmas wish – 

"Santa Claus is coming this weekend and one thing I hope that he brings is some answers for him, for us, for our city and some peace for that little boy.” 

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