Children run scared after park shooting, 2 arrested & Hopkinsville police search for others involved
HOPKINSVILLE, KY (WKRN) – Hopkinsville police are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects at the scene of a shooting incident at a park with children present.
According to police, it happened around 6 p.m. Monday night at East 2nd Street Park. Upon investigation, officers located one of the subjects seen on camera with a gun in his hand. PIO Michael Atkins says that subject is a juvenile who handed the gun to another person to dispose of the weapon. That individual disposed of the gun in the woods. Officers later located the weapon. Both the juvenile and person he handed the weapon to were arrested.
Atkins says the juvenile seen holding the gun on camera did not fire the weapon. The juvenile told police he took the gun out as someone else was shooting at him.
“He attempted to squeeze the trigger the gun did not go off and he took off running,” said Atkins.
Police believe the person who fired shots is also a juvenile.
“I’m not sure on number of shots fired. No shell casings were recovered on the scene and luckily nobody was injured in the incident,” said Atkins.
Atkins says the park is relatively new to the neighborhood and it’s extremely frustrating to see something happen like this with children present.
“Our kids should not have to fear or be afraid in a park. He wants the community to see that they see how serious this is. Hopefully this will spark something in individuals be like you know what… I am tired my kids go to that park I am going to say something,” said Atkins.
Atkins says they need the community to come forward with any information. So if you see something, say something.
Police still need help locating others that were present during the incident. If you see anyone you recognize in the photos, please contact the Hopkinsville Police Department at 270-890-1500.
Chief Clayton Sumner released the following statement on Facebook, “The innocent babies you see in these photos running for their lives didn’t ask to be in the middle of this! They deserve a safe place to play! They deserve to have adults in this community stand up and say “enough is enough”! It is all of our responsibility not to tolerate this type of reckless behavior in our city! I have said this a million times Hopkinsville, the police alone cannot stop these spontaneous type incidents. For the sake of all our loved ones, we as a community must decide that enough is enough!”
No other information was immediately released.
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Hopkinsville police search for suspect in shooting at busy playground
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WTVF) — It was a brazen shooting at a busy playground on Monday that sent kids running in all directions. Hopkinsville police are still looking for one of the gunmen.
A second person involved in the shooting at Second Street Park was seen on surveillance video pointing a gun in the direction of several kids who were running away. Police say that person tried to squeeze the trigger on his gun, but it failed to fire.
The shooting prompted Hopkinsville's Police Chief Clayton Sumner to write an impassioned post on Facebook, which has been shared more than 1,500 times -- saying in part: "The innocent babies you see in these photos running for their lives didn’t ask to be in the middle of this! They deserve a safe place to play! They deserve to have adults in this community stand up and say 'enough is enough!'"
Police made two juvenile arrests, but even after interviewing witnesses, they've not been able to identify the actual shooter off camera.
Hopkinsville police said this shooting - while shocking in and of itself - highlights a bigger problem in the community: witnesses afraid to come forward with information.
"There’s got to be a time when we say we are no longer afraid to go out and say this guy did it," said Hopkinsville Police Officer Mike Atkins. "There has to be a time when we have to consider our kids, the ones who are out there playing, they shouldn’t have to go to the park in fear."
Police say they can't be everywhere all the time, so they need everyone to pitch in, with information where they can to help keep the community safe.
If you have any information about the Second Street Park shooting in Hopkinsville Monday around 6 p.m., you can call Hopkinsville Police Crimestoppers at 270-887-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.
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