RAW VIDEO | LMPD provides updates on Shawnee Park, Olive Street homicides
"That should never be," Sgt. Emily McKinley said of the Saturday night shooting. "That’s not okay. That is not Christmas. And that is not any holiday that anybody celebrates."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police Lieutenant Emily McKinley provided an emotional update to two Louisville homicide cases Monday morning.
McKinley, who heads up LMPD's Homicide Unit, updated the public about the Thanksgiving Day shootings at Shawnee Park.
She also provided an emotional update on the fatal shooting of 51-year-old George Robert Brown, who was found shot-to-death Saturday evening in front of a home in the 1300 block of Olive Street, near Dumesnil Street.
Her statement is provided below.:
"I don't normally do this for cases that we have. I don't normally release this much information, but on this particular one, I kind of just want to paint a picture for everyone on how this happened, and how this run came out, and how we responded to this run.
If you remember that night, it was raining – it was pouring down rain. It was about 6 o’clock. It was unseasonably warm that day, but it was starting to get a little bit colder. It was pouring down rain, the puddles were starting to form, and there’s Christmas lights up. And the rain is reflecting the Christmas lights. And you have the red and blue police lights, and the rain, and the red and blue police lights, and the reflection of that. And you have the chaos of the police radios and the EMS radios going.
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. And the 5-year-old little boy is crying in the rain, with the Christmas lights, and the red and blue lights, and it’s getting cold, and it’s the week before Christmas.
So that should never be. That’s not okay. That is not Christmas. And that is not any holiday that anybody celebrates.
Unfortunately, 2016 has been a pretty rough year for our city when it comes to violent crime. And I just want that to bring home the impact that when these incidents happen – [the impact] that they have on families and kids because it’s not okay.
And now that little boy’s Christmas – that is Christmas for him. And I don’t want that to be Christmas for him. And none of us should want that.
This weekend – Santa Claus is coming this weekend. And one thing I hope that he brings is some answers for him – for us and for our city. And some peace for that little boy. Because right now that is his Christmas and I don’t want that to be his Christmas."
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