LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It was supposed to be a night of celebrating the Fourth of July at Euphoria in downtown Louisville. Instead, three people were shot outside the venue, right across the street from the Brown Hotel on Fourth Street. Police say a female and two males were shot, one was a juvenile.
They were taken to area hospitals and are expected to live.
Police say there were about 300 people outside the venue when the shooting happened. They believe it stemmed from a fight. But they say the three victims might not have been the intended target and shot by mistake.
“I was in the back, but I heard about three shots,” Jerry King, who is an employee at Euphoria, said.
The shooting happened just before 2:00 a.m.
“You just heard a couple shots fired and people started running everywhere,” says Euphoria’s co-owner Travis Stewart.
Stewart says he called police when he noticed things getting out of control in front of the venue, but police did not arrive in time.
“People were being rowdy and they were fighting outside,” Stewart said. “My security had escorted them out and they weren't leaving the premises.”
Exactly five years ago, on July 5 2008 at 2:30 a.m., former University of Louisville football player Trent Guy was shot and injured outside the club. It was known then as Club Villa Fontana under a different ownership.
The shootings happened in an area known for its restaurants and entertainment.
"I'm concerned definitely but I don't think I would stop coming down here," says J.C. Denison, who frequently comes to Fourth Street.
Stewart says for the past 14 months he has co-owned Euphoria and has never had any major problems. He says now he will make some security changes at the venue.
"This was a weakness in the link," Stewart said. "I have to go back to the drawing board and do what I have to do to ensure that it doesn't happen again."
Stewart says he plans to increase the security personnel and also request for more police presence.