Deputy Police Chief Paul Humphrey was addressing media five days after a shooter at a Louisville bank killed five of his coworkers. The shooting took place in a busy downtown park.
Humphrey was asked what people should know about the recent violence in Louisville while the gunman, who opened fire while hundreds were gathered at Chickasaw Park on Saturday night, was still on the loose.
“This is annoying. Humphrey stated, “This is incredibly frustrating, and it happens every night.
The deputy police chief went on to say, “This is not acceptable; something needs to change. “We may discuss the politics surrounding firearms, mental health conditions, and family dissolution. Everything of it.
Only a few hours later, another individual lost their life in a different shooting in the city, according to WHAS11.
Police officers, first responders, legislators, journalists, and others whose careers overlap with the scenes of shootings have developed a thread through which to share their unfiltered ideas and draw from their own personal experiences about gun violence.
Many people, including Humphrey, feel obliged to contribute to the discourse as mass shootings continue to decimate communities across the nation in the hopes that their cries may help find solutions to the gun violence issue.
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According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, the shooting at Old National Bank on April 10 that left five people dead and eight others injured was the 16th shooting this year to result in at least four fatalities. At a 16-year-old’s birthday celebration on Saturday in Dadeville, Alabama, four people died and at least 28 others were hurt.
Two people were killed by gunfire that same night in Louisville’s Chickasaw Park. Police are investigating the shooting, but no one has been arrested as of yet.
But throughout the week, Mayor Craig Greenberg (D) noted in a statement, “other shootings in between, resulting in even more lives lost.”
Greenberg was present at the news briefing on Saturday evening.
“Please,” he begged. “Lay down your weapons.”
The mayor continued by expressing his hope that the tragic events would give political authorities “even more resolve to work together to finally take action.”
According to Humphrey, reducing gun violence will necessitate both immediate and long-term remedies, ranging from regulatory changes to improved access to mental health care.
He urged Louisville residents to act to solve “the problems that we have in our own community,” including families stepping up when a loved one requires assistance.
Humphrey declared, “We all need to be there to solve this issue. “There is no single answer.”
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