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Man accused of double shooting in downtown Louisville pleads not guilty, set on $250K bond

According to the arrest citation, police say the shooter said aloud "You broke my heart" inside the store -- before shooting a female employee multiple times.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The man accused of shooting a woman and grazing another man inside a CVS Pharmacy has plead not guilty.

According to court documents, 25-year-old Anthony Howard has been placed on a full cash bond of $250,000. 

Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) confirmed the shooting happened in downtown Louisville in the 300 block of West Muhammad Ali shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police said the incident looks to be a result of domestic violence.

LMPD said their initial investigation revealed a man and woman were inside CVS when they were shot by Howard.

According to arrest documents, the woman knew Howard. He is accused of shooting her multiple times and grazing the man with one bullet.

Witnesses told police right before Howard shot the woman he said, "You broke my heart."

He then fled on foot, according to LMPD, and was later taken into custody.

Howard was charged with attempted murder, assault and wanton endangerment. Before this he didn't have a criminal history, just one traffic citation.

Police said both victims were alert and are expected to survive their injuries, however, they were both taken to the hospital.

Mayor Craig Greenberg says he's concerned over what appears to be domestic violence; which experts have told us makes up 15 percent of the city's homicides.

"We're really focused on preventing domestic violence [and] working with other related agencies, both within government like the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, but also other social service organizations," Greenberg said.

WHAS11 asked him if incidents like these paint Louisville in a bad light ahead of a huge crowd of tourists expected for the NCAA Tournament.

"It's always concerning, and that's why our administration's number-one priority is focused on safety," he said. "We need more officers, we need more ambassadors on the street to help have extra sets of eyes and ears to work to prevent crime from happening before it does."

CVS released an official statement in response to the situation that reads:

We are shocked and saddened to learn of the shooting incident at our store on W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. and our thoughts are with our colleague and customer. We are grateful that neither individual was critically injured and that police have the suspect in custody. We are cooperating with the police investigation and expect to reopen our store before the end of the day. We’re also providing support to our store colleagues, including counseling services.

Howard's preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 31 at 9:00 a.m.

If you, or anyone you know, are dealing with domestic violence please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or visit 'The Hotline.org' to speak with a specialist online.

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