Gun violence

Louisville GOP lawmakers working on sweeping anti-crime bill ahead of legislative session

BY: - September 26, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Republican state representatives from Louisville plan to file an 18-point omnibus bill in the next legislative session that aims to tackle an “epidemic of crime in our commonwealth,” said the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Jared Bauman.  The bill, which focuses mostly on issues within Louisville and Jefferson County, is backed by seven Republicans […]

Louisville police officer in critical condition after being shot during early morning stop

BY: - September 7, 2023

A Louisville police officer is in critical condition after being shot in the torso during an early morning traffic stop. Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Jacquelin Gwinn-Villaroel said  shots were fired from a nearby house as the officer conducted a traffic stop around 2 a.m. in the 4000 block of Kentucky Street. A supporting officer […]

With ‘incredible will to survive,’ Officer Nickolas Wilt heads home

BY: - July 28, 2023

Louisville Metro Police Officer Nickolas Wilt headed home Friday for the first time in months.  Waiting for him: his own bed and a much-anticipated steak dinner.  He rolled out of Frazier Rehabilitation Institute in a wheelchair around noon, past smiling scrubs-clad staff, police officers, politicians and members of the press.  Before exiting the building, he […]

Legislative task force starts review of Kentucky school safety laws

BY: - July 18, 2023

FRANKFORT — Kentucky lawmakers on Tuesday launched a review of recent laws aimed at making schools safer as a special Task Force on School and Campus Security met for the first time.  In response to a 2018 school shooting at Marshall County High School, in which two students were killed and more than a dozen […]

Cities have ways to curb gun violence; feds are giving them more money

BY: - July 7, 2023

When shots ring out on the South and West sides of Chicago, Sam Castro and his team at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago race to the scene of the shooting and to the hospital where emergency responders are treating the gunshot victim. Knowing most of the city’s gun violence is caused by a small cluster […]

Officer Wilt, wounded by mass shooter in Louisville, making ‘remarkable progress,’ family says

BY: - May 26, 2023

A Louisville police officer who was injured while trying to stop a mass shooter in early April is making “remarkable progress,” his family said Thursday.  Officer Nickolas Wilt took a gunshot to the head on April 10 while responding to a shooting at Old National Bank in downtown Louisville.  He was one of nine people […]


Pro-life Cameron needs to tell Kentuckians what he values most: no gun regulations or children

BY: - May 21, 2023

The morning after Kentucky’s primary elections, when all talk centered on newly-minted GOP nominee Daniel Cameron and whether or not he would pick Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles as his running partner, I was sitting on my back porch, reading about the recovery of Louisville Police Officer Nick Wilt. Wilt was shot in the head five […]

Kentucky Blood Center announces summer donation incentives

BY: - May 12, 2023

Saying the need for blood “doesn’t take a vacation” the Kentucky Blood Center is asking the public to donate in the coming months. As part of an “SOS” – Save our Summer – campaign, the center will give away tickets to amusement park Kings Island, LexLive movie tickets, gift cards, Rupp Arena concert tickets and, […]

Officer Nickolas Wilt, hospitalized since mass shooting, making progress

BY: - May 9, 2023

A Louisville police officer who was wounded trying to stop a mass shooter in early April is no longer on a ventilator, the Metro Police Foundation said Monday.  Officer Nickolas Wilt took a gunshot to the head on April 10 while responding to a shooting at Old National Bank in downtown Louisville. He’s been hospitalized […]

Some Kentucky lawmakers want to tackle gun violence through a public health lens

BY: - May 9, 2023

This story mentions suicide and gun violence. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.  LOUISVILLE – Nearly 100 Kentuckians have died from gunfire so far this year — and some lawmakers think a public health approach is the best way to halt […]

Three people, including two teens, charged in mass shooting at Sweet 16 party in Alabama

BY: - April 19, 2023

DADEVILLE, Alabama — Three people, including two teenagers, have been arrested in connection with the mass shooting in Dadeville Saturday night that left at least four people dead and 32 injured. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Jeremy Burkett said at a press conference Wednesday morning that Tyreese “Ty Reik” McCullough, 17, and Travis McCullough, 16, […]

Blood donations pour in following Louisville mass shooting

BY: - April 17, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Hundreds of people who had never before donated blood stepped forward to help following a mass shooting in Louisville a week ago.  The shooting left five dead, plus the shooter, whom police killed. Nine others were injured, including police officer Nickolas Wilt, who was working his fourth shift as a Louisville police officer […]