BREAKING: 2 Football Players SHOT… Here’s What We Know

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Two University of Louisville football players are recovering after an altercation that ended in 3 people being shot at an off-campus apartment complex. Police were called to the Retreat at Louisville Cottage Apartments in the 1000 block of Manor Park Drive around 2 a.m. Sunday. Junior linebacker James Hearns and sophomore linebacker Henry Famurewa, along with a third victim.  The third victim’s name is unknown at this time but believed to also be a student at the University. All three victims are recovering after a shooting early Sunday morning.

Local Police Detectives said in a statement that a woman and a man were taken to University Hospital by ambulance due to gunshot wounds. The third victim was taken by ambulance to Jewish Hospital a short time after, also suffering from a gunshot wound. All victims injuries have been determined to be non-life threatening. The university sent out two alerts to students. The first came at 4:07 a.m. about the shooting, saying police  were on the scene. Then a second notification was sent at 7:48 a.m. giving the “all clear.”

Two Louisville football players shot near campus

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U of L sophomore Jayvon Smith told local Louisville news WHAS11 that he lives just two doors down from where the shootings occurred. He states that students were gathering for a party to celebrate U of L sophomore and Heisman Trophy recipient, Lamar Jackson. Smith  and U of L senior Darren Bruner talked briefly about the shooting, stating –  “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 it has to be involved on campus too. It’s not students from campus. It’s that U of L is sort of in a unique situation that we’re situated in this part of town, not the greatest part, especially on this side of campus and here in old Louisville so we get a lot of people off of the street coming in and intruding on what should be a good time.”

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Bruner went on to state that this sort of crime is becoming all too common in the Louisville area and told of an incident that occurred to him just this past fall.  He had someone just walk into his home waving a gun during a house party that he was holding after the U of L and Florida State football game. “We got the word and we tried to hurry people out the door before anyone got hurt and next thing you know we actually hear three shots fired from across the street. It was just into the air, but we didn’t know if anybody was hurt. So, it’s been a scary semester for sure,” Bruner said.

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The shooting started when some local folks decided to crash the party.  One of the party crashers started shooting into the crowd of partygoers, turning what was supposed to be a fun celebration into a medical emergency.  Nearly 500 people have been shot in Louisville through November this year, according to Police Chief Steve Conrad, which is an all-time record for the city. Other students have spoken about friends getting robbed at gunpoint and other gun related crimes. It seems that personal safety is ruling the day and has really gotten that conversation started about just how to protect yourself.

  • Don’t go out very late usually past 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. or at least take an Uber  Take a cab. Don’t walk alone. Have protection on you.
  • If you need to be out late, take an Uber or a cab. Don’t walk alone. Have protection on you.
  • Have protection on you.

Just what is defined as protection is now the topic of conversation on the U of L campus with many students.  A student group on the campus of U of L called University of Louisville Students for Concealed Carry have been reporting on known crimes in the area and on college campuses across the nation by way of Facebook, all while advocating the message, “Disarming the good guys, won’t stop the bad guys.” That statement couldn’t be more true, especially in light of these most recent events.  Perhaps it may open up a conversation with regard to on campus carry, be it open or concealed. Students deserve the right to protect themselves from this sort of behavior especially in light of the fact that the shooter is still at large.

h/t – MSN

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