Second teen dies, another 16-year-old girl, in overnight Shawnee shootings
sure they are. How are you? Good, good. Yeah, it’s a little warm, isn’t it? That’s all right. It’s all right. Um, so we got to roll so Erica Shields Chief of Police L. M. P. D. Um, and I also I’m gonna have speaking with me major Steve Healy, 2nd Division Commander. We had two shootings out here last night, three victims, one’s deceased. one of the prognosis is not good. They were all younger, 15 couple of 16 year olds. Uh, it goes without saying that the violence and is unacceptable and Children getting killed is not is just we should even be having this discussion. But that being said are real reason for being out here today is just to let the community know that they are a priority to us. It’s not we don’t do some process a crime scene and leave. We need them to know that we are aware that this violence is going on here. We’re aware that gunshots have become the norm and they need to know that the department genuinely cares and wants to go beyond just making an arrest from last night’s incidents. So by going to the door to door, our hope is that communicating with these residents that at some level it gives them some reassurance. I mean, what I said to the staff today is nobody should live in an area where the night before you had two shootings and potentially two homicides separate incidents. I mean, this is, that’s not how we, we should be living in America and we’re the front lines of getting this fixed and that’s why we’re here. So, uh, major healey really thoughts, buddy, Hey, y’all doing major steve Healy AK L. E Y. I command the L A P D, second division. Um, it is really frustrating the amount of gun violence that we have. It’s frustrating to me that individuals that live in their neighborhoods and they are so accustomed to hearing gunfire, that they may not even reported anymore because they’re just used to hearing it. Uh, in this area, we’ve had 74 shot spotter rents. That’s totally unacceptable when we have Children and that’s what they are. They’re Children getting shot in our streets, dying in our streets. That’s unacceptable to me. As the commander of the Second Division, my officers are going to be actively out in these neighborhoods. They are going to be visible. They are going to be approachable. If anybody has anything, they need to talk about anything, they see anything they want to relay. My officers are approachable. I’m approachable. My offices at 34 19 Bone Avenue. Uh, you can come down there any time and have a conversation, um, with the violence, uh, in the violent crime that we’re seeing here in the Second Division. Uh, I have reached out to the A. T. F. Uh, myself, my division and my officers are gonna be partnering with the A. T. F. To combat some of this violent crime out here. Um, along with a violent crime, we’re also seeing a spike in vehicular deaths. So we’re going to be doing traffic enforcement the second division as well. So, BBB, accustomed to seeing, uh, the mark cars in the neighborhoods because this is not acceptable anymore. The violent crime is no longer acceptable. It wasn’t acceptable before. But the amount that we’re having, the age of the victims is, it’s just it’s sad and it’s unaccepted. So questions heard for years about how difficult it is to get people in the neighborhoods to provide you with information. How is that still a problem, I assume. And how could this effort? It is still a problem. but I don’t see where it’s acceptable to anybody For 14, 15, 16 year old Children to be killed in the streets. I don’t see where anybody, if you have information on a crime that heinous that you would not share. That. We have anonymous tip lines where you can call and be anonymous. Our homicide detectives are some of the best in the country and they just need a starting point. If you can just give them a starting point. But the amount of violence that’s out here, how that can be acceptable. And not people reported. I don’t understand probably as a canvas like this. After the violence. Uh, we always will do canvases uh after a homicide. Uh usually uh detectives, uh my detectives in the second. If we have a shooting, we’ll do neighborhood canvasses and also homicidal do neighborhood canvasses after a homicide. What is the main driver? Mhm. Here, I think it’s a combination of both. Uh, we have gang issues that we’re addressing. Uh, we have individuals that get on facebook and uh, well, just a sign of disrespect can provoke violence that’s unacceptable. Um, the the availability of firearms, uh, individuals that leave firearms and unlocked vehicles. Um, there there’s there’s several factors involved here and we need to come together as a community, both the police as a neighbor in the community and also the community where enough is enough. This violence enough is enough. You said these are two separate incidences. Do you think that’s um so we’re not closing the door on anything? Um, Early indications are that they are unrelated, but we cannot say that with a level of certainty at this point. So we’re exploring all avenues what is going on right now, What sort of new factor is out there leading to so many young people? Oh, it’s the, it’s, well, I mean no one wants to state the obvious, but it’s the availability of guns. I mean, especially in Southern states that have lax gun laws and when people legally buy guns and they do not secure them, they get stolen. And this is where they end up. And so when you’re dealing with young people, and if you think back to when you were younger, some of you still are very young and the conflict resolution skills that you did or did not have, your mind is still developing literally and you have a gun. So before you might have used to, you know, lose your temper, punch a friend, punch a wall. Well now you have a gun. So, I mean, there’s, I don’t think we overthink this and the reality of it is the guns are in the hands of Children. What any suspects? I’m not going to comment at that level of detail. I think my only consternation on the soil, the homicide unit has done a fantastic job. But I am aware that on the second incident, the adults who were present are uncooperative. And to me that is shameful when you have a child who is near death and the people that can provide insight don’t want to talk at that point, we need to look at ourselves in the mirror and say, what are we doing? Because as Major healey stated that we have become normalized to Children being slaughtered is complete crap. And as a society, I don’t care what part of town you’re on. We have got to be better than that. And that is why we’re gonna be out here and we’re gonna be we’re going to appeal for the community to help us get this under control because no one, no one wants to live like this. You guys don’t want to go home and have gunshots in your neighborhood, have your neighbors getting murdered, having people shot in the street. No one wants that. So we’re gonna, we’re gonna get a handle on it whether these recent cases are related or not. We seem to be seeing a surge in cases involving young people. Is there something recent that has happened or is going on? That is different. I think the major healey hit on it. It’s when you start drilling down on the drivers of these cases. The simplicity of it all is alarming. It will be people getting offended by stuff said on social media. I mean, literally it is that basic and I just, I don’t, there’s not some big, you know, there’s I guess folks wants to come up with some elaborate scheme underworld. No, it’s your Children have guns. They had the availability of guns in the hands of young people. Is the driver of this. If you don’t have the guns, you don’t have the shooting personal vendettas. Really. It’s just that some often there any pressure stories. Oh yeah. Mhm. Children especially have a that kind of where you certainly you’ve nailed it, you nailed it. And this is the whole point of I know people may be tired of hearing about it, but group violence intervention, Gov. The whole point of Gov is to interrupt violence. And so what we will be looking at is all right of these victims and the potential suspects who, who is who is in the network where might the retaliation come from? Because that we are seeing that in a vast number of incidents that there is the retaliatory shootings as a result. And so we want to get ahead of that. Certainly, yes. Thank you. I appreciate it. Thank you all have a good day. Yes.
Second teen dies, another 16-year-old girl, in overnight Shawnee shootings
A second teen has died after a night of gun violence in the Shawnee neighborhood.Police said around 3:30 p.m. that the victim of the second shooting died at UofL Hospital. She was 16.Just minutes earlier, the coroner has identified another teen girl who died just hours earlier in the same block.Nylah Linear, 16, was one of three teens who were shot between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday on Cecil Avenue. A 15-year-old boy was shot at the same time as Linear, but had non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The second shooting happened around 2 a.m.As of Thursday afternoon, no suspects have been arrested.LMPD has been canvassing the area, including Chief Erika Shields, talking to neighbors.Shields and Second Division Maj. Steve Healey said there would be an increased police presence for now.Read more below:
A second teen has died after a night of gun violence in the Shawnee neighborhood.
Police said around 3:30 p.m. that the victim of the second shooting died at UofL Hospital. She was 16.
Just minutes earlier, the coroner has identified another teen girl who died just hours earlier in the same block.
Nylah Linear, 16, was one of three teens who were shot between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday on Cecil Avenue.
A 15-year-old boy was shot at the same time as Linear, but had non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The second shooting happened around 2 a.m.
As of Thursday afternoon, no suspects have been arrested.
LMPD has been canvassing the area, including Chief Erika Shields, talking to neighbors.
Shields and Second Division Maj. Steve Healey said there would be an increased police presence for now.
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