Free2Hope, Louisville sex trafficking nonprofit, hit with bullets

It was a difficult start to the new year this weekend at one west Louisville nonprofit.

Organizers with Free2Hope, a charity based out of the city’s Portland neighborhood that provides support to sex trafficking victims, say their Main Street headquarters was hit with more than 25 bullets over the weekend in a Saturday social media post.

“Why do people think this is a great time to shoot their guns? We just got finished painting this not even 6 months ago,” a social media post from the organization that included photos of the damage said. “We really did not need this right now.”

Amy Leenerts, who runs Free2Hope, wrote that no one was injured in the shooting and she believes the damage was caused by someone celebrating New Year’s Eve. Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said Monday morning that a criminal mischief report had been filed after the shooting. LMPD is investigating, he said.

Several instances of gunfire in the area around the time the shooting is believed to have taken place, Mitchell added, were reported by ShotSpotter, gunshot detection technology located around the city.

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