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Neighbors outraged after shooting that kills baby, wounds mother

The scene of the shooting in the 100 block of S. 37th Street. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The scene of the shooting in the 100 block of S. 37th Street. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sherrie Miller (Source: WAVE 3 News) Sherrie Miller (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Cards mark the location of evidence. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Cards mark the location of evidence. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
(Source: WAVE 3 News) (Source: WAVE 3 News)
An aerial view of the scene from Air 3. (Source: WAVE 3 News) An aerial view of the scene from Air 3. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A one year old was killed and her mother is in the hospital after both were shot while sitting on the front porch of their West Louisville home. Police don't have any suspects and haven't yet confirmed how many shooters were out there.

"When they left out of here they were putting the oxygen thing on her face," said Sherrie Miller, the child's great-grandmother.

Miller was overwhelmed with grief, anger, frustration. She claims the same street now littered with shell casings has been a hotbed for crime.

"We need more police officers," shouted Miller. “The judge up there uptown they need to stop letting these hoodlums out, these crackhead, dope head people out."

Louisville Metro police said the baby's mother is in her early 20s. They're still trying to figure out if they were targeted or if they were caught in the crossfire.

"There are no words that could be met or used to say how sad this is," said a neighbor. "This is an itty-bitty child."

The baby's mother was taken to University Hospital. The child was rushed to Kosair escorted by police.

"This child hadn't had a chance to experience life and obviously we are going to try everything we can to make that happen, unfortunately in this case, that didn't happen," said Dwight Mitchell, a LMPD spokesman.

The scene on South 37th Street stretched along the block. Neighbors were left to wonder how things have gone this far after years of living on the block.

"If we had an altercation with somebody we would fight with our fists and live another day," said another neighbor. "It's past being sad anytime a young child loses its life over a senseless act of violence."

Police said injuries to the mother are not considered to be life-threatening, though now she is dealing with the pain of losing a child.

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