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Louisville police seek help in shootings that left 3 dead, 3 injured

Investigators inspect the scene where four people were shot on a street corner in a west Louisville neighborhood Thursday, May 17, 2012. Police say two of the four people have died after being shot near 32nd and Kentucky Streets, and more gunfire rang out while officers were investigating. AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Michael Clevenger

Investigators inspect the scene where four people were shot on a street corner in a west Louisville neighborhood Thursday, May 17, 2012.
AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Michael Clevenger

(CBS/AP) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville's police chief asked Friday for the public's help in solving a chaotic shootout that killed three people and had stunned onlookers diving for cover as officers converged.

Gunfire erupted Thursday afternoon at two locations separated by a handful of houses in the city's Russell neighborhood, a crime-ridden section dotted with boarded-up houses.

Two men in their 20s were killed in the initial shootings. Then while police investigated, shots rang out again about four houses down. A woman in her 20s was fatally shot by another woman stemming from an argument about the first incident, police said.

Three others were hospitalized from the hail of gunfire.

Police Chief Steve Conrad said Friday that the investigation continues and that it was premature to discuss possible charges as investigators to try piece together the chaotic events.

"We have many unanswered questions, and we need the community's help to help us solve that puzzle," Conrad said following a meeting of business, civic and religious leaders convened by the mayor.

The victims were Tyson Mimms, 24; Craig Bland Jr., 22; and Makeba Lee, 24.

According to CBS affiliate WLKY, police say everyone involved in the shootings is either dead or under their supervision.

Police bolstered patrols in the neighborhood but it was quiet Thursday night, Conrad said. Police were seeking more witnesses who may have seen the first shooting and the altercation sparking the rounds of gunfire. Police guaranteed the anonymity of those stepping forward.

"It may give us the piece to help us solve the puzzle, to help us solve the questions, to help us identify charges that are appropriate," the chief said.

  • Crimesider Staff

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