4 shot, 3 dead at Ky. condo shooting

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:49 p.m. CDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three people were shot to death and a fourth was seriously injured Wednesday at a condominium building in Louisville, Ky.

The fourth person was taken to University Hospital with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries after the shootings, reported shortly before 3:30 p.m., police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Asked if there was a suspect, Mitchell said officers believed everyone involved was accounted for but wouldn't say whether the shooter was among those shot.

"At this time, we believe we have everybody that's involved," Mitchell said. "... We believe there's not anyone on the loose."

He said the shootings took place inside an apartment but declined to say whether there were other people inside at the time. Mitchell also wouldn't indicate the ages of the victims and said the investigation was just beginning.

The Lakeview Condominiums complex lies in a neighborhood filled with upper-middle-class homes with manicured lawns near private Bellarmine University on the outskirts of the Highlands neighborhood near the Watterson Expressway.

About two hours after the shootings, a man and woman, who was crying, came to the scene and didn't speak to reporters but crossed the police tape and talked briefly to an officer before being escorted back to their vehicle and leaving. 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 and returned home Wednesday to find the building blocked off by police tape.

"Nothing like this has ever happened," she said. "It's always been really safe and neighborly. It's like the most quiet place there is."

Hoekstra, eventually allowed inside her condo, brought her cat, Sasha, out in a carrier and said she was spending the night with relatives. The shooting, she said, had left her unnerved.

"I don't think it will ever happen again," she said.

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