Eyewitness recalls deadly shooting at Portland art gallery

Eyewitness reveals details about art gallery shooting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – What was supposed to be a night of fun ended with one person dead and five others sent to the hospital, after police said someone fired shots at the Tim Faulkner Art Gallery early Sunday morning.

“You just go there to celebrate and have fun and it just turns into a nightmare,” Tejianna Saxton who was there for the concert and celebrating her cousin’s birthday, said.

Saxton told WHAS 11 she was on the stage enjoying the concert when she said she heard shots fired, then tried to protect her friends.

“I was like, no get down on the ground, get down on the ground,” she explained with tears in her eyes.  “Maybe like five or six shots going off on the left side of the stage. And more people were trying to run off the stage trying to get off the exit.”

Saxton said she took to Facebook Live once she got home with cuts still fresh on her face after she said she was trampled by people running.

“I've got blood all over my hands, my face, my shirt,” she said on Facebook Live. 

The scratches have started to fade, but the mental scars, she said, have left permanent damage.

“Somebody selfish just took the life of an innocent person and hurt other people in the process”

Savannah Walker, 20, was a U of L student, shot and killed early Sunday morning. Saxton said she didn't know Savannah, but said she prays for Savannah's family while LMPD searches for a suspect.

“If you could and you know something, just come and speak out so this family can have some peace and justice for their daughter,” Saxton pleaded.

Saxton said there was security at the gallery. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.  

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