LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police said officers made an arrest in the murder of a 16-year-old in the Shawnee neighborhood in July.
According to LMPD Assistant Chief Andy McClinton, police arrested another 16-year-old for the July 22 murder of Michelle Moore, who was shot and killed on Cecil Street.
McClinton did not identify the suspect, as juvenile cases are sealed, but he said the suspect is one of three teenage boys who were shot Monday night near the intersection of South 34th and Herman streets in Louisville's Shawnee neighborhood. None of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
"We are seeing a spike in juvenile crime that we have never seen in this community," McClinton said. "And it's heartbreaking. It really is."
He said just last week, in a separate case, a 14-year-old was arrested for the murder of another 14-year-old.
"It is very tough for officers to see 14-, 15-year-old kids being harmed, being shot and killed. And it's also heartbreaking to see them be arrested," McClinton said. "These are our kids. These are our future. And to see them looking at permanent, serious physical injury, death, or a life in jail, no, it is very heartbreaking. It's very tough on our officers."
McClinton added that officers have recovered a lot of stolen guns and urged gun-owners to secure their firearms. He also asked parents to be more involved in the lives of their children, being watchful of their activities at all times.
"We need the help," he said. "We need their help. Because this is unacceptable."
Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to call LMPD's crime tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673). Callers can remain anonymous.
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