LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Another deadly weekend in the Derby City as Louisville Metro Police responded to seven people being shot since Friday night. Now, detectives are investigating two more homicides and trying to figure out who shot two University of Louisville football players.
Multiple sources tell WHAS11 that UofL junior linebacker James Hearns and sophomore linebacker Henry Famurewa were shot at an off campus apartment complex early Sunday morning. Police tell us three students total are recovering from gunshot wounds.
It was supposed to be a night of celebration in the Derby City as Cards quarterback Lamar Jackson won the most coveted award in college football. Jayvon Smith, a UofL sophomore, explains, “Everybody was celebrating, everything was hype. I had a couple of people at my house too, we was pumped, Lamar just won the Heisman.”
Metro Police were called to The Retreat at Louisville Cottage Apartments around 2 a.m. Sunday, a few hours after Lamar Jackson’s Heisman win. We're told two students were taken to University Hospital with gunshot wounds and a third student showed up shortly after at Jewish Hospital also connected to this case.
Naszir Jackson, a UofL sophomore, describes the scene: “We were out getting food and then we heard somebody got shot and when we came back there was cops everywhere and they had yellow tape out and they said one of the football players and a cheerleader got shot.”
Multiple sources confirmed that two of the three students recovering were UofL football players.
Jackson adds, “It's crazy, I thought the night we should be celebrating the Heisman, I didn't expect it to end on a tragic note like that for somebody to get shot. Especially one of his teammates, which is super crazy.”
Jackson and Jayvon Smith say they were just a few doors down from the shooting. “There was a lot of screaming, running, people was banging on my door, let me in, let me in,” Smith says. Smith’s friend Jackson adds, “You don't want anything to happen to any of the students we go here with, so just to think one of our fellow students that go here, especially an athlete, got shot. Especially when it's supposed to be a celebratory night, it's just really crazy.”
That sentiment is shared by many who are wondering how such a historic accomplishment for the university is followed by tragedy soon after.
Smith, who lives at The Retreat, says, “It’s always someone who comes from out in the city that usually have weapons or that mean to do any type of harm or violence, but I just think the city of Louisville is really dangerous right now, crime is just happening and it's sad that is has to be involved on campus too.”
As the Metro moves past another historic feat of surpassing the highest number of homicides on record for a calendar year, the three students recovering, and this entire city, are on the minds of many.
We have not received an update on the conditions of the students and there have been no arrests made in this case.