Two dead in double shooting

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Woman and teen shot in domestic situation

By Lisa King

Shelbyville Police continues to investigate a shooting that occurred Monday on Hunting Hills Drive off Smithfield Road in which two people died.


The shooting happened shortly after 2 p.m. when Shelbyville Police say a woman died of gunshot wounds. A juvenile girl later died of gunshot wounds after being transported to University Hospital. The woman, Julia Cash-Owens, 65, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Neighbors of the family expressed horror and disbelief at the tragedy.

“I just hate to hear anything like this,” said neighbor Terry Price.

The first call Monday from dispatch came in at 2:07 p.m. said the woman had “shot herself.” A second call moments later described a juvenile as “a second patient on the scene.” Although police have confirmed the shootings, they have not provided any details surrounding the shootings. They have not said who fired the shots, only describing the situation as a “domestic matter.”

They have not confirmed if Cash-Owens’ wounds were self-inflicted, and have stated that the investigation continues.

Shelby County Deputy Coroner Rick Pruitt said he could not elaborate on the death of the child or on the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

“The investigation is still ongoing between the Shelbyville Police Department and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office,” he said. “It will take some time before we have the answers to everything.”

Pruitt said he did not have the name of the child, as she was pronounced deceased by a Louisville coroner. The Louisville coroner’s office had not returned a message left by The Sentinel-News at press time.

Another neighbor on the other side of the residence, who declined to be identified, said what makes the situation so unbelievable is that she has never heard any disturbances from the woman’s residence. Price echoed that.

“I’ve lived here for thirteen years – they’ve lived here for about a year and a half – there’s never any trouble over here, everything’s quiet and calm,” he said.

Price said that the family consisted of a single mom, her two children and her mother. “She’s got two handicapped kids, one of them is about ten or eleven, and she’s got another kid (a girl) that’s confined to a wheelchair,” he said, adding that the girl shot and killed has had health issues recently. “I left fifteen or twenty minutes ago to go get a haircut, and when I came back I thought maybe something happened to the little girl because the ambulance has been over here three or four times to pick her up,” he said.

Price said he believes the family is from out of state.

Shelbyville Police Chief Istvan Kovacs said police are investigating the incident as a domestic matter and no additional suspects are being sought.