Six Kentucky men arrested over massive New Year's Day shootout where nearly 600 rounds were fired

Six Kentucky men arrested over massive New Year's Day shootout where nearly 600 rounds were fired
Shawn Martin, 25, Dorius Robinson, 19, Tevin Smyzer, 20, Justyn Walls, 19, Brandon Walton, 22, and Nathan Wolz, 42, were arrested in connection with the shooting (LMDC)

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Louisville Metro Police Department has arrested six suspects in a major New Year’s Day shooting, where almost 600 rounds were fired. Shooting that left the residents of Louisville, Kentucky shocked and scared after two alleged groups exchanged fires, had no reported victims. "I'm actually grateful that no one was injured. But that does not negate the fact that that happened, and that cycle of gun violence is just actually taking root," said Louisville Interim Police Chief Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel.

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In an update given on Friday, January 13, the police also seized several firearms from the scene. It included eight guns, three rifles, and two Glock switches, among other evidence. The authorities also have five stolen vehicles in their custody recovered during the investigation into the shooting. It credited the Louisville division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, detectives for the arrests. The authorities were further assisted by video surveillance, witnesses, and an anonymous tipline, sending accused Shawn Martin, 25; Dorius Robinson, 19; Tevin Smyzer, 20; Justyn Walls, 19; Brandon Walton, 22; and Nathan Wolz, 42, behind the bars, according to ABC WHAS.

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Louisville metro police department  seized several firearms from the scene (LMDC)
Louisville metro police department seized several firearms from the scene (LMDC)

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Furthermore, two of the suspects held, Walls and Smyzer, were recently arrested on murder charges for a fatal shooting that occurred last month, according to the police. Shaken residents of the Enclave apartment complex still can’t believe they escaped the dozens of gunshots fired on January 1. "Whenever he hears a pop noise or anything, he literally has a panic attack," Rhodes told WHAS, who lives on the second floor, and saw her boyfriend narrowly escape the bullets. Another tenant shared, "My coworkers, when I was telling them about this, they said, 'Oh, yeah it happens every year' They're just too used to it, which is awful to know,” the tenant added, who asked to remain anonymous.

In an unrelated shooting in Louisville, a man shot down his family member in a murder-suicide case last month. According to reports, Gary Stanton first shot dead his wife Mary Stanton, 49, followed by daughters — Adrianna Stanton, 17, and Brianna Stanton, 11, before killing himself. Major Micah Scheu of the Louisville Metro Police Department said “We feel pretty confident that the incident is going to be a murder-suicide situation where the adult male was a primary aggressor who shot the three females. It's very difficult any time lives are lost, any time juveniles are involved,” reported The Sun.

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