LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Live video being shown on a social media platform when a mass shooting began to unfold at Shawnee Park Thanksgiving afternoon captured at least 19 gunshots, some of which left two men dead and another four people injured.
Stephen Washburn Sr. was recording a Facebook Live video when gunshots erupted at Shawnee Park on Thanksgiving Day. At least 19 gunshots can be heard on the video, which was recorded during a gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts near the Juice Bowl that was going on several dozen yards from where the shooting happened. Two people were killed and at least four others were injured by the gunfire.
Agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have joined the investigation into the shooting, which happened as hundreds of people crowded Shawnee Park to celebrate the holiday.
The four survivors suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. Two of them were rushed to a hospital by EMS. Two others were taken by private vehicles.
It is a day to be thankful, and we're thankful more people weren't hurt in this situation," Mitchell said.
He could not confirm whether an incident in front of 601 W. Broadway was related. Shortly after the shots were fired at Shawnee Park, officers descended on the 600 block of W. Broadway and put up crime tape around a vehicle that did not appear to have been involved in a crash. WAVE 3 News reporter Sharon Yoo said a man sitting on the curb told officers, "He's been shot," but it was unclear whether someone inside the vehicle had been shot or whether the Broadway incident was somehow related to the Shawnee Park shootings.
No one has been arrested in connection to the attack. The LMPD Homicide Unit is investigating.
Several people reported a mass shooting in the vicinity of 4501 W. Broadway beginning at 1:51 p.m., a MetroSafe dispatcher said.
Shawnee Park was filled with people at the time of the shooting, many of them children and parents attending the Juice Bowl, a series of youth football games held annually on Thanksgiving Day. Police blocked off a large portion of the park after the shooting, but a football game continued.
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was a spectator at the Juice Bowl. He said the shootings happened about 150 yards from him. In a series of tweets, Fischer said, "To have people with guns so disrespect life, Shawnee Park, and neighborhood tradition is sad and has no place in our city."