A woman called for help after hearing gunshots at her grandson’s Knox County home on Wednesday. However, she said when Kentucky State Police arrived, it was too late.
Shane Mills was shot and killed in Knox County on Wednesday night. Now the search is on for the person or persons responsible. Mills’ family and friends said he was targeted inside his home, on Trace Branch Road in Walker. It’s a murder investigation that unfolded just a few feet away from the victim’s grandmother’s house.
“She said she heard three shots and thought our next door neighbors… she thought somebody was shooting over there because she couldn’t get Shane,” said Shane’s father, Willie Mills.
Relatives said Shane’s grandmother, who lives next door, called to check on her grandson after hearing the gunshots. However, another man answered the phone. When troopers arrived at Shane’s home, they said they found him dead.
It’s a tragedy his family and friends are still coping with
“It’s been terrible today. I cried all night last night and today,” said Willie.
“He’s a good kid, you know? It’s just a bad tragedy to happen,” added Shane’s friend, Dallas Ray Brown.
Shane also didn’t live far from the family business. In fact, his family and friends said this crime had to be targeted, because when they closed the store on Wednesday night, the gates were locked.
“The boy was at home and the gates was locked. And they come in and killed the guy in his sleep,” said Brown.
Shane has an eight-year-old son. People who knew him, say said Shane had a big heart and loved children.
“He loved kids. If they didn’t have a quarter or something and he had it, he would pull it out and give to them,” said Willie.
“Everybody in the neighborhood knows that he was good to people, you know? Helped people,” said Brown.
As of Thursday evening, no arrests had been made in the case. Troopers have not released details about what led to the shooting but said Kentucky State Police are still investigating the case. Shane’s body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.