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Louisville police investigate after 4 hit by gunfire while in restaurant near NuLu

According to a department spokesperson, a vehicle pulled up to the intersection of Hancock and Jefferson Streets and fired several shots.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police are investigating after four people were struck by gunfire at a restaurant near NuLu.

Metro Police First Division officers responded to the 600 block of East Jefferson Street around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to a department spokesperson, a vehicle pulled up to the intersection of Hancock and Jefferson Streets and fired several shots.

Four people who were inside the Seafood Lady restaurant were struck by gunfire.

Two were taken to UofL Hospital while two others were taken to a hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana by private means.

None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

A local business owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was eating lunch with his wife and kids just down the street.

"I was like, No, that was pretty clearly gunshots," he said. "I went to the window, and I started trying to figure out, I saw kids that were playing right outside our house all run. That's why I kind of was like, I don't think this is fireworks."

Saying once he was able to get closer, that's when he started piecing together what happened.

"That's when police just started like flying by towards Seafood Lady. So by the time I got there, you know, there was about five police and ambulance. They were bringing the first person out in the stretcher." 

He says although this happened, he knows how much faith he has in this community.

"It's a very scary, you know, reality that the families face today, I will say in terms of living down here, downtown living near NuLu is super safe."

The 600 block of East Jefferson Street has seen more than a dozen crimes in the last two years, according to LMPD data, but not a single shooting.

Locals note as unfortunate as this is, shootings can happen anywhere and there may be a deeper root issue to it.

"The reality is, gun violence anywhere in America can pop about anywhere on a Sunday. And so that's one reality. But the second reality is, you know, we're currently in a city environment where there's a lack of opportunity."

As the city works through those issues, he says right now one of the most important things is showing those impacted our support.

"Groups have to rally around the Seafood Lady in the community to make sure this continues to be a great place to live, work and play."

Community members say right now is the time to get back behind the Seafood Lady and support this restaurant after what went down.

WHAS got the chance to speak with the restaurant's lawyer and he says right now, they just aren't ready to speak.

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