LMPD searching for suspects after a 9-year-old boy was shot in Russell neighborhood
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 9-year-old boy was shot Thursday night in the Russell neighborhood.
LMPD said it happened just before 7:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Elliott Avenue, just north of Broadway.
"From talking to family, it sounds like the child was inside, maybe playing video games with another family member, right inside that front room of the house, when a stray bullet went through the door or wall of the house and struck him in his leg," said Lt. Emily McKinley, commander of the LMPD Homicide Unit.
The child was rushed to University Hospital, and homicide detectives worked the scene. There were no suspects taken into custody, but police are learning more with every interview.
"Some family was outside," McKinley said. "They had heard gunshots, so they knew that there were gunshots coming from somewhere. And then when they realized that he was injured, they realized that a stray bullet had went through the door."
And police don't think the 9-year old or his family members were targets.
"We believe that it is a stray bullet" McKinley said. "We haven't ruled anything out completely. Obviously, it is still a fresh investigation, so things can always change. But right now, we have no reason to believe that that house was targeted for any reason."
Someone who lived nearby said the sound of gunfire is nothing new in the neighborhood. That's why LMPD said officers won't stop looking for the suspects.
"These things, they can't happen," McKinley said. "Unfortunately, we had a similar situation last year with Dequante Hobbs who was struck by a stray bullet while he was sitting in his house also."
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the LMPD anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.
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