VIDEO: Carjacker allegedly tries shooting Fern Creek car lot employee, speeds away when gun jams

Corey Buford has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon in relation to the incident.
Published: Apr. 14, 2022 at 10:58 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A Louisville woman had a gun to her side with the trigger pulled. It turned into the most frightening click she’d ever hear as no bullet was fired.

It was a violent crime that, thankfully, didn’t end badly. A man who claimed to be interested in buying a 2014 BMW from a Fern Creek car lot, pulled out a gun and tried to shoot the car salesperson.

Around 11 a.m., the incident was captured on surveillance video at Kearney Motorsports 2 on Bardstown Road.

Corey Buford has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon in relation to the incident.

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Corey Buford has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and possession of a handgun by a...
Corey Buford has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon in relation to the incident.(LMDC)

According to an arrest report, Buford entered the car lot and pretended to be interested in buying a black BMW.

Buford and the employee entered the business before the suspect stepped outside to have a cigarette. He asked the employee to unlock the BMW because he “dropped something inside.”

After the employee opened the car and didn’t find anything, Buford is said to have pulled a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the right side of the victim, demanding the car keys.

WAVE News spoke to Anthony Prewitt. He works at Kearney Motorsports. He said Kearney is a veteran-owned business and he’s disturbed someone would do this to his coworker.

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According to the owner of Kearney Car Lot, investigators found the car and made an arrest.

“As soon as she handed the keys over to the guy he stuck the his 9 mm into her side,” Prewitt said.

Video surveillance of the incident showed Buford aiming at the victim and pulling the trigger of the gun. As the weapon jams, it appears as though he attempts to enter a new cartridge into the chamber.

Police said the suspect threw the keys to the suspect and ran inside the business as Buford drove away in the BMW.

“As soon as she turned around to give him the keys with his hands up, you can hear an audible click from the gun as he pulled the trigger, anticipating recoil,” Prewitt said. “Backed into the vehicle and tried to rack another round into the chamber, he realized she was almost inside and needed to flee the scene.”

LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the suspect was caught a short time later on Jackson Street. Officers found Buford wearing the same clothing and in possession of the same weapon seen in surveillance video.

“The vehicle was recovered undamaged and there were no injuries to the salesman,” Smiley said.

Smiley said the salesperson was not hurt.

Buford was in court Friday morning to face charges of attempted murder, robbery, and possession of handgun by a convicted felon.

“(The employee) had a two percent, one percent chance getting out of that,” Prewitt said. “An angel was looking over and got her that one percent.”

Prewitt is glad that Buford was arrested, his coworker is physically okay, and the vehicle was returned undamaged.

During questioning, Buford was interviewed about a previous robbery incident from March 28, where he and two other suspects were accused of robbing victims at gunpoint at a Walgreens in the 3400 block of West Broadway.

Buford admitted to the robbery, stating he drove a stolen vehicle and stole around $25,000 in cash and a cell phone from victims at that location.

Additional charges for Buford were filed for robbery and receiving stolen property of $10,000 or more.

Buford is booked in Metro Corrections.

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