LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two days after a stray bullet smashed through a kitchen window and struck a 7-year-old boy as he ate the cake, Louisville police pleaded for help Tuesday in tracking down the child killer.
In the questions to be witnesses to the gunfire to come forward, the lead detective, said investigators had done interviews and were looking for people suspected of being in the area where the shooting broke out Sunday night, killing the first corrector Dequante Hobbs Jr. in his house.
“If this is your child, I’m sure, you would hope and pray that there is someone with an answer would come and help us solve this,” Detective Stephen Snider said at the police headquarters. “This child deserves justice.”
Snider acknowledged that the researchers still have “a lot of unanswered questions.”
“I begged you, if you’re there — and you know who you are — you know this, I am sure, an improper purpose,” he said.
“Come forward and speak to me, speak to one of our investigators in our homicide unit, and help me to identify this person is responsible for shooting Dequante,” he added.
The boy, known as “Q” by his family, was playing on his iPad and eating a snack before going to bed at his kitchen table when the bullet smashed through a window and struck him in the head.
His death comes in the middle of Louisville, the battle for the control of the record-setting number of homicides. The boy’s death was the 49th homicide investigated in Louisville this year, police said. The department investigated a record 118 homicides in 2016, The Courier-Journal reported.
The wave of killings is beaten Dequante family multiple times. Three of his teenage cousins were murdered in the past year, said family spokesman Christopher 2X, an anti-violence activist.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer expressed outrage as the city reacted to the death.
“Here is a boy minding his own business, ready to go to bed, and the next day, he does not go to school,” the mayor said Tuesday. “And then you say:” How could this happen?” And you see some knuckleheads in a back yard shoot at each other if they are going to solve some kind of problem with a gun. And a child gets caught in the crossfire.”
The city needs to band together and say: “Enough,” he said. “There must be a collective will of the community to say, ‘Violence is no solution.'”
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin took to Facebook on Monday to condemn the death, and the promise of the action. In his video, he complained about a huge cultural problem” to contribute to the bloodshed, and said that he would be a “solution” in the coming days to combat urban violence.
The Republican governor offered no details, but said: “It has nothing to do with spending more money. It has nothing to do with more police on the street. It has everything to do about the involvement of you as members of our communities.”
Fischer, a Democrat, said the governor had not reached him about the plan, but said that he welcomed the input.
“Hopefully, if there are resources and good ideas, we put them to work immediately,” the mayor said.