LOUISVILLE, Ky. — CORRECTION: The Louisville Metro Police Department issued a correction saying none of the shooting victims have died. Police said due to the chaotic nature of the scene, earlier reports indicated one individual had died. LMPD apologizes for the confusion.
The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a shooting that injured five teenagers near the Big Four Bridge Saturday night. They also released photos asking for help in identifying a person involved in the shooting.
LMPD Maj. Brian Kuriger said police received a call around 9:05 p.m. Saturday about multiple people shot near the bridge in downtown Louisville.
He said when officers arrived they found three teenagers suffering from gunshot wounds.
Kuriger said those three were transported to UofL Hospital. At least one of the teenagers is in critical condition, and the other has non-life-threatening injuries he said.
Police later said some of the teenagers are in critical condition.
Later, two other teenagers arrived at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries by a personal vehicle he said.
"It was just really traumatizing to see, like, it's just, it's too much. It's becoming too often every day," said Jaleel Hester, a witness at the scene.
Hester witnessed a tragedy he says is too common.
"We were coming down to walk the bridge, it was such a regular day, it was so cool and the next thing you know I'm seeing the police cars race down the street," said Hester.
Danette Matthews, back at the park Sunday, had no idea that had happened the night before.
"It hits home and it makes me feel like it could be one of my teenagers right now and I have preteens," said Mathews.
LMPD has cameras said to be monitored 24/7 and they say the park is safe. But to prove it, we pulled LMPD crime data from the Waterfront.
So far this year, three assault-related incidents have been called into LMPD compared to 13 last year.
A Louisville local by the name of Cedo says he heard the shots and ran to help, recording everything.
"Stay calm little bruh, stay calm. You're going to be alright little bruh, you're going to be alright little bruh," pleaded witnesses at the scene.
He says through the chaos, it felt as if help wasn't coming fast enough.
"We're telling them to call the ambulance, the police came and literally blocked of all ways of moving out of the area so when the ambulance did get there, the ambulance didn't even have room to leave. Once they got the kids on the ambulance they sat there for like 10 minutes," said Cedo.
With all of the gun violence Louisville has seen, he says better approaches need to be taken to educate people in these situations.
"I've been shot before so I know one thing about, well I know plenty of things about being shot and what to do. That's something that needs to be taught nowadays is with all of the gun violence going on the least they can do is how to tend to a gunshot wound," said Cedo.
Kuriger is asking for the public's help because they do not have any suspects at the moment. He asked if anyone has information to call 574-LMPD (5673) or to use the online portal.