LOUISVILLE - Two people were killed, and four others injured in a shooting at Shawnee Park sometime around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Louisville Metro Police confirmed.
Police confirmed that a separate — but possibly related — scene in front of the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse, was a crime scene and was blocked off from traffic. Police said they believed one victim was in a black vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the road. Traffic was stopped in front of the courthouse.
Hundreds had gathered for the annual Juice Bowl football game at the park, including Mayor Greg Fischer, who was approximately 200 yards from the incident with his security detail and staff members.
Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter said the mayor attends the annual event every year and was never in danger. It was an "alarming" situation, however, he said.
Children had finished playing football and two women's teams were in the middle of a flag football game when several shots were fired. One player, who asked not to be named, said she didn't hear shots but saw a patrol cars rush in with blue lights flashing. The men's football games were then canceled.
Charlotte Waddell, a cousin of Muhammad Ali, said she had just finished talking to the mayor when she heard several gunshots.
"This is the worst Thanksgiving ever, I'll never be back," said Waddell, who has attended the event for years. "I'm pretty shaken up."
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The (Louisville) Courier-Journal