By Jeff Tang
(LOUISVILLE) -- A casual softball game nearly turned deadly in downtown Louisville Wednesday night. A man playing in the outfield at Lampton Park was shot as hundreds of spectators looked on. WAVE 3's Jeff Tang investigates.
The neatly trimmed outfield and the freshly raked infield make Lampton Park the pride of Sheppard Square.
"Yeah, a whole lot of people come here on Wednesday, have games over here," said Ashley Mahan, who lives nearby.
But with hundreds looking on, a softball game was interrupted Wednesday night by a man with a gun.
"A man came up to the player and then shot at him multiple times," said police spokesman Dwight Mitchell.
"Shoot, we was on the porch, heard the shots, grabbed the kids, went in the house," said Mahan.
Several onlookers chased the shooter down the street, but couldn't catch him. Shortly after, the victim was taken to University Hospital. Although he was shot more than once, he was expected to recover.
A day after the violence, Lampton Field sat quietly. But just down the street, Mary Morris was anything but quiet. "It's a nice field, yeah it's a nice field. But how can it be a nice field when you got shootings going on? How can you have an activity with people ... shooting? How can you have it?"
Mahan told us that she's glad she wasn't at the park during Wednesday's shooting. "Normally, we sit right there."
For the children in Sheppard Square, like Mahan's 1-year-old son, James, Lampton Park has a lot to offer -- all it lacks is security.
"It's not safe for no kids," Morris said.
Police are still searching for the shooter, who is described as a black male. When last seen, he was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt with a white T-shirt and jeans.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call 574-LMPD (574-5673).
Online Reporter: Jeff Tang