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LMPD chief calls for community's help after 5 people were shot Monday

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The Family Dollar on Winkler Avenue, where a man and woman were found shot Monday night. The Family Dollar on Winkler Avenue, where a man and woman were found shot Monday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

World Kindness Day turned into a night of violence and grief in Louisville.

On Monday night, Lady Gaga made a stop at the KFC Yum! Center in front of 18,000 screaming fans. Just down the street at Louisville Slugger Field, soccer fans stormed the field as Louisville City FC won the USL Cup in front of a record crowd of nearly 14,500 people.

But across the city, there were screams of a different kind as violence and gunfire ripped through four separate locations. Five people were shot, and one person was killed.

Around 7 p.m., there was a shooting on Craig Avenue near the Watterson Expressway. LMPD said two men robbed and shot a pizza delivery driver.

“I heard pop!," said Lori Sherman, who witnessed the shooting. "I thought it was just a fire cracker, and it was a gun shot, and he hollered help!

“He said, 'I work for Papa John's and, I was delivering a pizza.' And I said, ‘Oh my lord.'"

The delivery driver was delivering from the 3985 Seventh Street Road Papa John’s location. His injuries are serious, LMPD said.

"Evidently, they took the pizza and $20," Sherman said. "He got shot over $20."

Papa John’s issued this statement:

"Team member safety is of the utmost importance to Papa John's. We are cooperating with local authorities in their efforts to apprehend those responsible for this attack. Our thoughts are with the driver and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery."

Just after 10 p.m. Monday, LMPD said a man and woman were shot inside a car that crashed into a Family Dollar on Winkler Avenue near Algonquin Parkway. The man died at the hospital.

"I heard, like, a loud boom, like a crash,” one witness said.

And before that, around 5:30 p.m., there was another shooting on South 43rd Street. That victim is expected to be OK.

Even earlier in the day, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg while getting off a bus. LMPD was called to an alley behind Vermont Avenue near 38th Street.

“I have four young grandchildren, and there have been times I've had to tell them get down on the floor because we hear gunshots, and we hear them often,” said one witness, who did not want to be identified. “That's not a good thing.”

All these shootings happened just two days after the funeral for Jason Spencer, the man shot and killed in the Highlands while walking with his wife. And Tuesday morning, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad took to Facebook.

Over the past week, I have joined many others in our community in watching the in-depth news coverage of the tragic shooting death on Everett Avenue on Nov. 5. There is no question that Jason Spencer’s death leaves a hole in our community.

Some have suggested the Louisville Metro Police have handled this homicide differently than similar cases that occur in other neighborhoods in this community. That is simply not true. As a matter of fact, over the past 12 months, almost $1.8 million has been dedicated to overtime patrols in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th divisions where most of the homicides occur.

Every day, the women and men of this department dedicate themselves to providing peace, safety and security for everyone in every neighborhood. And when crime is committed – no matter where it occurs – those dedicated men and women work diligently to find those responsible and do their best to hold them accountable.

To suggest otherwise is unfair.

It is not unusual for police commanders to create action plans. It is not unusual for patrols to be increased in the wake of violence. It is not unusual for police to hold peace walks, in fact I conduct a walk weekly often in an area that has recently seen violence.

Too many lives have been lost in Louisville. Our officers will continue to work hard in every neighborhood of Metro Louisville to make our community safer. That’s our pledge every day to Louisville, to patrol our streets and diligently investigate crime.

We cannot do it alone. We need the community’s help. We need people to get involved – finding ways in their neighborhoods to connect with young people, report crime when they see it, come forward to provide information to police. We need people to volunteer through their churches, schools, neighborhood associations and other community organizations.

If we are all vigilant in demanding safe neighborhoods, we can make Louisville a stronger, safer city – together.

As police continue to question people of interest in the Monday night shootings, so far, no arrests have been made.

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