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Authorities responded to a shooting incident in Louisville, Kentucky that left five victims with gunshot injuries Saturday evening, including two in “critical condition,” according to multiple reports.
All the victims were juveniles, Louisville Metro police said.
LMPD Maj. Brian Kuriger said police were called to a park near the Big Four Bridge around 9: 05 p.m. when they found three juveniles with gunshot injuries.
Two teenagers were in “critical condition” when they were transported to the University of Louisville Hospital, police said. Two other victims drove themselves to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Kuriger added.
LOUISVILLE, KY – JUNE 05: People stand under the Big Four Bridge during the “Praise in the Park” event at the Big Four Lawn on June 5, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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“We know the park was filled with a lot of people,” Kruiger told a group of reporters near the park. “Parents, please, on the weekends, we enjoy the fact that juveniles are coming down here and enjoying the park. But they need to be supervised. We need to have supervision.”
“This is family area, we want it to stay a family area. But at this time, we are seeing a lot of juveniles that are being unsupervised and all kinds of things are occurring,” he added. “If a parent was here, it could possibly deter that.”
LMPD also said it would be increasing its police presence at the park.
Five teens were reportedly injured in a shooting in Louisville, Kentucky, Saturday evening.
It was initially reported that one of the victims was found deceased when police arrived on the scene but LMPD later made a correction to say none of the victims had died.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident and no arrests were announced.
The shooting incident occurred on the same day as March for Our Lives protests took place in downtown Louisville and across the country to protest gun violence.