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Shooting Reported at Jefferson Square Park in Downtown Louisville

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Shooting Reported at Jefferson Square Park in Downtown Louisville

At least one person was shot in Jefferson Square Park on Saturday evening, MetroSafe confirmed.

The shooting was reported shortly after 9 p.m. It’s unclear how many people were shot and their conditions.

According to Louisville Metro Police spokesman Lamont Washington, “We are currently working an active police situation at Jefferson Square Park.”

The park has been the scene of protests over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor for weeks, and people have raised tents there and have been staying overnight.

A video of the scene shows a man firing a gun. People screamed for a medic, and at least one person was down on the ground.

According to one witness at the scene, who did not want to be identified, she was at the park when she heard shots and immediately dropped to the ground to be safe.

At the corner of Jefferson and Fifth streets, there were more than a dozen police cruisers around 9:45 p.m., with tape blocking off Jefferson Square Park. No person is being allowed inside the park, according to a Courier-Journal reporter at the scene, with police interviewing people inside the park.

Shortly before 10 p.m., a group of LMPD officers arrived in Jefferson Square Park in riot gear. Several people confronted the officers.

The Transit Authority of River City, or TARC, announced at 10:04 p.m. that all stops between Broadway & River Road, and between First & Ninth streets in the downtown Louisville area, are closed for the remainder of Saturday.

Around 10:15 p.m., Louisville Metro Police were pushing a group to a sidewalk across from Jefferson Square Park, declaring an unlawful assembly and threatening to use force. Uniformed police are guarding tents at Jefferson Square Park and are facing Metro Hall.

Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Charles Booker wrote in a tweet Saturday night “praying for our city” in response to the shooting.

This is a developing story VIA: Detroit Free Press

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