6 Shot, 2 Killed During Louisville Football Game

The mayor was just 200 yards away
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 24, 2016 3:58 PM CST
6 Shot, 2 Killed During Louisville Football Game
Louisville mayor Greg Fischer arrives at a press conference.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Police say two people are dead and four have been hospitalized in shootings at a riverfront park in Louisville. Police say officers responded to a call of multiple shootings at Shawnee Park on Thursday afternoon, the AP reports. The injuries among those taken to University Hospital are not considered life threatening. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the shootings occurred about 200 yards from the annual Juice Bowl football games, which were attended by Mayor Greg Fischer. "To have people with guns so disrespect life, Shawnee Park, and neighborhood tradition is sad and has no place in our city," the mayor tweeted.

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Youth games had just ended and two women's teams were in the middle of a flag football game when the shots were fired. Men's games were canceled. Charlotte Waddell, a cousin of famous Louisville native Muhammed Ali, tells the Courier-Journal that she had just finished speaking to the mayor when shots rang out. "This is the worst Thanksgiving ever," she says. "I'll never be back." WAVE3 reports that nobody has been arrested in connection with the shooting, which brought Louisville's murder total for the year to a record 112. (Read more Louisville stories.)

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