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'Respect the quick response': Customers applaud High Horse bar's decision to cut DJ nights

Police responded to a report of a shooting near the popular Butchertown bar early Saturday morning, but officers say they didn't find any victims or a crime scene.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A popular Butchertown bar and event venue is making changes to its business model, shutting down its late-night DJ scene.

It comes after police responded to reports of a shooting near High Horse bar outside on Story Avenue at around 3 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, according to Louisville Metro Police (LMPD). But officers say they didn't find any victims or a crime scene.

Regardless, clearly there was something ownership either saw or heard that caused the scare.

In a Facebook post, High Horse bar said in response to the incident, "we will be shutting down the late night DJ scene, effective immediately."

They went on to say, "That was not what we set out to be and we will not tolerate violence," and that they're "not willing to risk safety to be that place."

Posted by High Horse Bar on Saturday, November 26, 2022

The public's response have largely been appreciative. One person writing on Facebook, "Sorry to hear, and I'm sure everyone understands. It's a shame when one bad apple spoils a bunch."

Adam Caperton, who's been going to High Horse with friends since COVID restrictions lifted, expanded the conversation -- talking about safety from a wider lens.

"I have 110 percent support for what the bar decided to do. I really admire and respect the quick response," Caperton said. "Especially in today's environment, with what went on with Club Q [in] Colorado Springs, Pulse night club, the fact they took such quick and swift action -- no blaming. It only reinforced that coming here is a good safe place, and makes me feel comfortable doing so."

He says many within the LGBTQ+ community already find themselves on edge when going out, given what's happened around the country.

"It is a conversation that is front and center," he said. "Are we safe here? How do we feel about being here?"

Caperton tells WHAS11 he's always appreciated how High Horse ownership has shown consistent support and made him feel safe. He believes erring on the side of caution is the way to go in this case, taking action before someone gets hurt.

"It really means a lot that they have the community in mind," he said.

Meanwhile, High Horse says it's going back to their intentions as a "low-key, friendly neighborhood bar."

They said they're looking forward to adding new elements to the customer experience, both this holiday season and next year.

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