LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four people are dead, including a child, after a day of gun violence in Louisville.
Louisville Metro Police homicide investigators have been busy in the aftermath of three fatal shootings Sunday. The violence began around 3:30 a.m., when police said a man was shot and killed in the Algonquin neighborhood, near West Lee and South 15th streets. The coroner has identified the the victim in that case as 24-year-old Jaylen Davis.
About five hours earlier on Sunday, around 5:30 p.m., police said a man and child were shot near Dixie Highway and Lyons Ave. Police said they're still working to figure out what led up to the shooting. On Monday, the coroner's office identified the victims as 52-year-old man Vernon Leslie Lee and 9-year-old Kaylee Lee. The office said the two were father and daughter.
"It's a very difficult situation, especially when there's juveniles involved," LMPD Maj. Micah Scheu said on scene Sunday. "A lot of us are parents. I'm a parent. It hits home really hard to see how many juveniles have been injured or killed this year. It's a very tragic thing to see."
Neighbors said the street is quiet and they feel safe, and LMPD said it makes very few runs to the area. Investigators spent much of the Sunday afternoon searching the crime scene and talking to neighbors.
The most recent shooting happened at 26th and Broadway around 10:15 p.m. Officers found a man who had been shot. On Monday afternoon, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 28-year-old Trenton L. Jones, saying he died at the hospital.
So far, police have not announced arrests in any of the shootings, and they're asking anyone who may have information or surveillance video that could help investigators to call the LMPD crime tip line at 574-LMPD.
According to LMPD, the city's homicide count is up to 125 for the year, and there have been more than 400 non-fatal shootings.
Dr. Keith Miller, a U of L Hospital trauma surgeon, is working with the Christopher 2X Game Changers organization on a program called Future Healers. The program's goal is to help Louisville children who have been impacted by violence in their neighborhoods to build a better future. Children are given the opportunity to interact with medical personnel in the health care setting.
For information about Future Healers, click here.
Miller said he believes programs are in motion in the city to make a change in the violent trend but said it will take multiple groups working together.
"It's not going to be one solution to this problem," Miller said. "We have to attack it from multiple points along the continuum."
Data from LMPD shows at least 18 people under the age of 18 have been killed in Louisville so far this year.
Miller is calling the numbers of people impacted by gun violence "devastating."
"You mention children, young people, it's not normal to have this volume of firearm injuries at all, whether you're talking about 25 years old or whether you're talking about 9 years old," he said. "So no, this can't become normal. We can't allow it to become normal."
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