RAW VIDEO | Police say 7-year-old killed by stray bullet while sitting at kitchen table
LMPD homicide detectives have released more details after a 7-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Russell neighborhood Sunday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD homicide detectives have released more details after a 7-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Russell neighborhood Sunday night.
Jefferson County Deputy Coroner has identified the child as Dequante Lamarr Hobbs Jr. His family tells us he was a first grader at Wellington Elementary.
It happened about 8:20 p.m. at the child's home in the 2100 block of West Madison Street.
That's where LMPD Homicide Detective Lt. Emily McKinley says the child was shot while he was inside his home eating at snack at the kitchen table and playing with an iPad before going to bed.
"He wanted a piece of cake, I was about to get him ready for school and bed," said Dequante's mother, Michesha Norment. "He was on his tablet and they shot him through the kitchen window right there, and they hit my baby in his neck."
McKinley didn't mince words when she briefed reporters about the incident Monday morning.
"Last night was absolutely horrible," she said. "It was horrible for the family to go through, for our officers to go through, for our detectives to go through."
McKinley says someone fired the during some sort of fight in the backyard of a house located behind or near the home where the child was shot.
"The houses in that neighborhood are pretty close together," McKinley said. "So it was in the back yard of a house nearby."
McKinley says the child's mother and grandmother were inside the home with the child when he was hit by the stray bullet and called 911. The child was taken to Norton Children's Hospital in downtown Louisville, but died in surgery.
"It went through his artery and broke pieces of his spine," The child's mother Micheshia Norment said. "There wasn't no way they could save him."
She recalled the final moments she had with her son, laying next to him in his hospital bed.
"They said he only had an hour to live, but my baby lived for two and a half hours so he fought for me," Norment said. "He always said he had big muscles."
Norment said her son loved pizza and was always by her side. She described Dequante as a "mama's boy".
McKinley pleaded for the people involved in the fight, including the shooter, to come forward.
"If this doesn’t wake anybody up, I don’t know what will," McKinley said. "Things happen. Unfortunate things happen and I think that the person or people involved need to come forward and own up to what they have done."
Dequante's family are searching for answers, hoping someone will own up to the crime.
"Have a heart, turn yourself in, that's all it is," Norment said. "He's 7. Think of it as if it were your child."
Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous crime tipline at 502-574-LMPD.
Dequante's death is Louisville's 49th homicide of the year.
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