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David McAtee's mother: 'All I want is peace and justice for my son' after deadly Louisville shooting

Posted at 12:46 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 12:53:59-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — The mother of a man shot and killed in Louisville said there was no ambulance for her son for several hours after he was shot. She says she wants peace and justice for her son.

The shooting, involving David McAtee, took place on Monday, June 1, in the parking lot of a business on West Broadway. Police say officers and the National Guard were called to break up a large group of people gathered after the city's curfew when someone fired a shot at them. It is unclear whether it was a police officer or a military member that fired the shot that killed McAtee.

"When the coroner got here, it was the next day at 1:33 [p.m.]. My son laid there all that long," said Odessa Riley, McAtee's mother. "Who announced my son dead? He could have been laying in there alive, breathing ... no help or nothing."

Riley claimed her son did not initially fire at officers. She also claims he did not have anything in his hand when he was shot.

Attorney for the family, Steve Romines, said every video, document, and interview in McAtee's death should be disclosed. He said they want law enforcement and the city of Louisville to accept responsibility in the shooting.

"One of the keys to reform and to learning a lesson is accepting responsibility for when you've done something wrong," said Romines.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer fired police chief Steve Conrad last week after learning that police officers did not record body-camera footage of the shooting. Conrad was already set to retire in June.