One dead in shooting at Jefferson Square Park, one person found with gunshot wound near Hall of Justice, LMPD says Saturday, Jun 27 2020 

Police say one person died after shooting in Jefferson Square Park.


1 Dead, 1 Injured After Shots Fired At Jefferson Square Park Saturday Night Saturday, Jun 27 2020 

Two people were shot, one killed, in downtown Louisville on Saturday night.

Multiple shots were fired shortly after 9:00 Saturday night in Jefferson Square Park and across the street at the Hall of Justice, according to Louisville Metro Police.

In a graphic video posted to Facebook by Maxwell Mitchell, a man appears to be seen holding a pistol and firing multiple times into the crowd of protesters gathered there. Jefferson Square Park has been the center of more than four weeks of protests for racial justice. One person is seen on the ground, bleeding.

In a news release sent at 11:30 p.m., LMPD spokesperson Lamont Washington said that one of the victims had died at the scene.

“Just about 9 p.m., there were reports of shots fired in Jefferson Square Park. Calls then came in that Sheriff’s Department personnel were in the park performing life-saving measures on a male who eventually died at the scene. A short time later, we got a report of another shooting victim at the Hall of Justice. That person was taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries”

In an emailed statement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer expressed sadness at Saturday night’s violence.

“I am deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered,” Fischer wrote. “It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene. My thanks to the first responders who assisted at the scene. I will have more to say tomorrow, as additional information becomes available.”

Louisville Metro Police officers cleared the park, and said it would remain closed for the next several hours. Washington said LMPD would provide an update on Sunday morning.

This post has been updated.

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