LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Homicides are at an all time high in Louisville, and a local activist says more women are being killed than in previous years.
“Clearly there has been no other year like this, when it comes to women affected by reckless gunfire,” said Christopher 2X, an anti-violence activist who heads the non-profit organization Game Changers. “There is nothing to compare, not even 2016.”
The 151 homicides reported in Louisville in 2020 broke the city’s previous record of 117 in 2016. The latest victim was a woman who was found gunshot inside her car on Saturday in the California neighborhood and died more late at the University of Louisville hospital.
A child was also found shot dead in the vehicle and was hospitalized in critical condition, according to Louisville metro police. Witnesses said the car was hit at least 20 times by bullets.
âNo one can ignore the constant redundant shootings in 2020,â said 2X, which tracks city shootings using data from LMPD.
âUnfortunately, the last six years have been extreme in terms of the rise in shootings, but (20) 20 has totally created its own identity,â he said, adding that more than half of those killed had less. 30 years old.
Louisville also set a record for non-fatal shootings in 2020 with 554 cases reported through November, according to 2X, which said it was an increase of almost 10% from the previous record set in 2016. .
What makes the violence rise? 2X said it was more than just a pandemic.
“Problems with conflicts on social networks, problems with territorial problems in neighborhoods, problems with too many young people getting their hands on guns at a very young age,” he said.
The shootings leave families without mothers, fathers and children. Hundreds of survivors, meanwhile, are left to pick up the pieces.
âIt’s heartbreaking and saddening at best to see mothers constantly scared,â 2X said. “Children are constantly trying to figure out what is going on in their world.”
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