String of attempted robberies escalates to UofL employee being shot
Police investigate the shooting scene on E. Liberty. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
Markers identify evidence locations. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
Police cars block traffic on E. Liberty as the investigation took place (Source; James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
Dwight Mitchell addresses the media about the shooting (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Safety concerns have mounted after a string of recent robberies near the University of Louisville's medical campus escalated to a double shooting Monday.
For several hours bright yellow police tape blocked off a section of the 500 block of East Liberty Street between South Jackson and Hancock streets. Within the crime scene, a bullet ridden car sat abandoned as more than a half dozen detectives canvassed the area uncovering answers and bagging evidence.
"The Louisville Metro Police First Division is investigating at this time," said Dwight Mitchell, a LMPD spokesperson.
Police said what began as a street robbery on Liberty near Jackson around 8:30 a.m. turned into a shootout when an armed robber and equally armed victim exchanged gunfire. As of Monday afternoon, police had not released the identities of either man involved. University of Louisville officials, however, confirmed the victim to be an employee of the institution's dental school.
Doctors treated both men for non-life threatening injuries at University hospital. According to police, both men are expected to survive.
The armed robbery is just one of four involving UofL students and staff in the area during the month of July.
"We've had an up tick in situations here," said Mitchell.
That's not sitting well with a Prospect mom named Daphne, who wished to keep her last name concealed.
"I know she's scared to death and so are we," said Daphne, referring to her daughter, an aspiring orthodontist. "She just started dental school July 9 and there's been two students who have been mugged at gunpoint and then a professor just last week."
In a prior alert sent to UofL students, faculty and staff detailing the July 10, 22 and 23 robberies, university officials announced plans to team with LMPD to beef up metro & university patrols.
"Individuals being accosted, robbed," began Mitchell, "it's not something we're going to tolerate."
Their efforts, however, did little to ease Daphne's concerns as crime scene tape continued to mark her daughter's path to school.
"I wonder if she picked the right school," said Daphne. "I know things like this can happen anywhere, but this has been a lot in one month."
Police encourage the public report any suspicious people or activities immediately in hopes of thwarting crime.