LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD responded Saturday night to a report of a shooting in the 2200 block of Griffiths Avenue in the Portland neighborhood.
A family friend, whose home was the scene of the shooting, confirms a 2-year-old boy is the victim.
A call about the shooting was received just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday. MetroSafe confirms a child was shot and taken to the hospital in downtown Louisville with a police escort.
A Facebook post showing the wounded 2-year-old boy is going viral, but the father asked us, for the privacy of the family, to not show it on air. In it, he says the boy was hit in the shoulder by a stray bullet.
Kelsyi Copley lives on Griffiths Avenue and said the toddler’s father was at her home to fix the heater. Copley said she is friends of the family and was there with his son and the son’s mother. Once the heater was fixed and they were leaving, Copley said the toddler was hit by a stray bullet as he was being loaded into his car seat in the family’s van.
“The baby was just saying, ‘Something hit me in my shoulder! Something hit me!’” Copley recalled.
Copley said gunshots could be heard all evening long, starting around 7 p.m., and she was scared and would not let her daughter outside.
“We was hearing gunshots back-to-back-to-back from all over around the house,” Copley said. “Not exactly sure who it was, but somebody was shooting all over the place last night.”
After talking with the toddlers father Sunday morning, Copley said the boy will recover.
“He told me that he was doing OK and got some sleep last night,” Copley said. “So they were going to do the surgery this morning to remove the bullet. But I believe he is doing good and is going to be fine. Thank goodness!”
LMPD released the following statement regarding the shooting:
Firing a gun into the air is not only dangerous but illegal since what goes up must come down. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the majority of injuries related to guns fired in the air are to the feet, shoulders and head, which can result in death. The LMPD is thankful that no one was seriously injured during last night's celebrations and we encourage the community to refrain from or report gunfire as well as any other illegal activities.
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