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Tri-State Teen Shootings On The Rise

Investigators are worried as an unsettling trend of teens shooting each other is growing.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 8:48 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2021 9:19 PM

A 17-year-old was shot in Owensboro Sunday.

He was one of the lucky ones to survive.

15-year-old Corban Henry -- who was shot while riding a moped in August -- was not.

While 16-year-old Dakota Carter died hours after being shot in the head in Dawson Springs last week.

Police arrested 19-year-old Mike Roche in connection with Carter’s death.

“It is a very concerning trend,” said Officer Andrew Boggess, the public information officer for the Owensboro Police Department. “Particularly when there is a juvenile involved -- both as victims and sometimes they're also the suspect or the perpetrator in it as well.”

Investigators are noticing a common theme among these teen shooting cases.

"It's typically drugs. It's not isolated to Owensboro,” Boggess said. “That's a trend we're seeing nationwide now.”

Community members are so shaken -- they have taken to social media -- creating groups to help stop the violence.

"That's a critical part of this,” Boggess said. “Not just community involvement in trying to prevent but from our end in community involvement -- getting us the information -- a lot of times individuals may know something about what occurred.”

Police have no suspects so far in the shooting of the 17-year-old victim -- who survived -- and are asking from help from the public.

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