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City leaders respond to Noble Park shooting


Several city leaders responded to the Noble Park shooting on July 30 in Paducah.

At the Paducah City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4, City Manager Jeff Pederson provided information from Police Chief Brandon Barnhill in response to the shooting.

"The message the chief wants to send is that our parks are safe," Pederson said.

He said in 2014, there was one reported assault in Noble Park that involved juveniles who knew each other. In 2015, he said there have been three reported assaults, including the one on July 30.

Regarding the incident, Parks Services Director Mark Thompson said, "I'm not sure if anything could have prevented these issues."

He added that police officers and deputies arrived within 3 minutes. Plus, he said park rangers secured the gates and evacuated nearby Stuart Nelson Park.

He complimented the quick action of his staff in the park.

"They all took charge, took care of business," he said. "They made me proud. They made Paducah proud."

Mayor Gayle Kaler said, "We have regular patrols and do all we can to make [Noble Park] safe for citizens."

Four people have been arrested in connection with the July 30 incident in which a 23-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his ankle.

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