LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A domestic situation apparently prompted the midweek shooting at a condominium complex in an upscale Louisville neighborhood that claimed three lives and left a fourth person badly wounded, police said.
Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell identified the dead from the shooting Wednesday afternoon as a girl, a 38-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man. He didn’t release their names nor disclose a possible motive.
He added that a woman in her 60s who also was wounded had been hospitalized in critical condition.
Autopsies on the dead were planned Thursday, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Rita Taylor said. She declined to publicly identify those shot.
The shooting at the Lakeview Condominum complex near a neighborhood of upper middle class homes in Louisville is being investigated by a homicide unit, Mitchell said.
He said the suspect apparently was among the dead and police don’t think anyone was “on the loose.” He didn’t identify the suspect but said police had gathered evidence and were interviewing witnesses.
The University of Louisville Hospital, contacted by The Associated Press on Thursday, said it could not release any information on the woman’s condition until she was identified by name.
Mitchell said the shootings took place inside a residence but he declined to say whether there were other people inside at the time.
The Lakeview Condominiums complex lies in a neighborhood filled with upper-middle-class homes with manicured lawns.
About two hours after the shootings, a man and a woman who was crying went to the area cordoned off by police. They didn’t speak to reporters but crossed the police tape and talked briefly to an officer before being escorted back to their vehicle to leave.
About a half-hour later, a different pair came and also spoke to police, the woman visibly shaken and weeping, before being walked back to their vehicle and driving off.
Molly Hoekstra said she has lived in the complex for nearly two years. She returned home Wednesday to find the building blocked off by police tape.
“It’s always been really safe and neighborly,” she said of the community. But she added she was shaken up enough to go spend the night with relatives.
Alexa Hall, a resident, told The Courier-Journal newspaper ( http://cjky.it/104yWAC ) of Louisville that she was at the complex’s pool when a man and a boy came running, shouting that shots had been fired. They urged bystanders to call police, according to the newspaper.
Hall described a scene of panic and confusion soon after the shooting.
“Nobody really knew what to do,” she said.