Two people were killed in a mass shooting at a Kentucky restaurant that also left five others injured, police say.
The shooting happened at 3 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Southern Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Louisville, police said in a news briefing streamed by WLKY.
Officers went to the restaurant after reports of multiple gunshot victims, police said. One man, who WAVE 3 identified as 37-year-old Terrance Bethel, was pronounced dead at the scene, a Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson said.
A second victim died later on Sunday at the hospital, Mayor Craig Greenberg said in a press conference that afternoon. He has not been publicly identified.
Four gunshot victims had non-life-threatening injuries and were recovering as of Sunday afternoon. These victims are three women and one man, according to Steve Healy, assistant chief of Louisville police. A fifth victim was injured in a fall.
It’s unclear what led to the shooting. Police said it involved people inside and outside the restaurant.No one is in custody as of Sunday morning and police have not identified any suspects.
“There were approximately 200 to 300 people that were in the area when the shooting happened,” Healy said in the press conference. “We are urging people who know what happened to speak up.”
The restaurant was hosting its “Southern’s Last Rodeo” event to mark its closing before a move to a new location.
“Pull up this Saturday night and help us close this chapter out,” the restaurant said prior to the event, which began four hours before the shooting.
It has not publicly commented on the shooting.
Greenberg said it was made clear after the early morning shooting that several bar and club owners in Louisville that were “not focused on a safe environment for residents and visitors.”
“There are some bar owners and operators who are knowingly and repetitively flaunting our laws,” Greenberg said. “This is not acceptable. It is not acceptable to our administration. It is not acceptable to our city.”
Greenberg called upon Metro Council to begin conversations with themselves and the community in efforts to determine whether or not bars and clubs should close at 2 a.m. Currently bars in Louisville can stay open as late as 4 a.m.
“We must do more to address our gun violence epidemic,” Greenberg said. “Every step helps.”
Herald-Leader reporter Taylor Six contributed to this story.