When Kobie Long played football at North Hardin High School, his coach, Brent Thompson, said Long always wanted to keep the coaching staff and fellow teammates loose and in a good mood.

“He definitely wanted to make you laugh by any means possible,” Thompson said.

Long, 20, graduated from North Hardin in 2017 and started his final two years for the Trojans at center. Thompson said Long was in the program all four years.

Early Sunday morning, he was shot and killed as he and another man unlawfully entered an occupied residence on North Wilson Road, Radcliff police said.

Police department Chief Jeff Cross said there “is evidence they kicked the front door down to get into the residence.”

Long was pronounced dead Sunday at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. Hardin County Deputy Coroner Shana Norton said Long died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Thompson said he was contacted by several of Long’s teammates Sunday to let him know about what happened.

“I was definitely shocked,” Thompson said. “I had seen Kobie not too long ago and he seemed to be doing well ... I began to think of the memories of him and how he always seemed happy.”

The other man shot was in critical condition Monday at University Hospital in Louisville, Cross said.

Cross said Long and the other man were confronted by two men who were at the home and they were shot. He said the same man shot Long and the other victim.

Police received a call at 3:29 a.m. on shots fired.

“We believe a burglary was taking place and that’s the reason for the altercation,” Cross said. “It was not a random act. The public has no reason to be concerned.”

He said the four men involved knew each other and had been together in the hours leading up to the shooting.

Long and the other man both were shot inside the home, Cross said.

“Kobie was a funny, happy, quality young man,” Thompson said. “He was never a discipline or behavior problem. He always was willing to help other players, coaches or teachers.”

Cross said as of Monday no charges have been filed in the case. The investigation is ongoing.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com

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