A young boy ended up getting fatally shot as he enjoyed a snack just before bedtime.
According to Louisville Metro Police Department, seven-year-old Dequante Hobbs was murdered while inside his home in the 2100 block of West Madison Street on Sunday evening. Young Dequante was just enjoying a snack in his family’s kitchen table when tragedy struck. A bullet went right into the kitchen window, striking the little boy while he was eating a piece of cake.
“It hit my baby in the neck,” Dequante’s mom Micheshia Norment told local reporters following the shooting. “I tried CPR on him myself. I got a pulse from him.” Norment and the boy’s grandmother were also inside the home when the shooting occurred. According to a report from Wave 3 News, Dequante was rushed over to Norton Children’s Hospital.
Once in the hospital, Dequante’s prognosis was grim. He was pronounced dead after a few hours. “I laid in the bed with him when they said he only had an hour to live but, my baby lived for 2 1/2 hours so he fought for me,” Norment said.
According to Lt. Emily McKinley of the Louisville Metro Police Department, a fight occurred just behind the little boy’s home that night. Norment said the violent fight broke out during a dice game. “It was over a dice game, they played dice back of this house right here,” Norment explained.
The police department is now appealing to the public for any information regarding the tragic shooting. “Please come forward if you were there or know anyone that was,” the Louisville Metro Police Department said. “There was a group of people out in this backyard and a fight happened. Someone pulled a gun and fired shots,” Lt. McKinley said Monday. Anyone with information can also call 502-574-LMPD(5673). The police currently don’t have any suspects in the case.
Family to honor Dequante’s life.
Meanwhile, Dequante’s family is determined to honor their little boy’s memory. Dequante was set to celebrate his promotion to second grade on Tuesday. Instead, his family plans to honor his life with a balloon release.