Killer sought after man found shot in Fern Valley hotel parking lot

UPDATE: Shooting victim dies after being found outside Fern Valley Road hotel
Destiny Woodring (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Destiny Woodring (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Located off of Interstate 65, the Fern Valley Hotel and Conference Center sprawls across Holiday Towers Boulevard. It features more than 400 guest rooms and a glass-enclosed walkway connecting a six-story tower to the meeting rooms on the other side of the road.

But Destiny Woodring and three members of her family had few neighbors on Friday, Jan. 9.

"Maybe 16 people here, it don't stay busy," Woodring said. "I didn't hear no gunshots."

Her room was far from where police found a man in his 20s, lying in the parking lot that serves guest rooms on the conference center side, facing Norton Avenue. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital.

"But I don't know if that's exactly where the shooting took place," Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Police have not revealed the victim's name, nor whether he was a hotel guest.

"Again, we're in the very early stages of the investigation," Mitchell said.

Shortly after 11 a.m. a police helicopter was circling the hotel campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

Mitchell called the timing of the crime unusual, but revealed no specifics as to who investigators might have been seeking.

"We don't believe anybody in the hotel at this point, is in any danger or anything like that," he said.

"The ones they was questioning was across the hall from us," Woodring said.

Police confirm they questioned several hotel guests. Mitchell would not say whether investigators had searched room-to-room.

"We believe we have very credible (witnesses) at this point," Mitchell said. "There's some people here that may have seen something, we're not 100 percent sure."

Woodring hadn't realized a man had died until police told her, she said. Her family has considered the complex quiet, and safe.

"They're nice here but I don't know, this world's crazy," Woodring said. "We might end up leaving go to a different one."

Metro officers remained on-scene into the early evening. The parking lot in question has only one route in or out by car.

Investigators do not have a description of the suspect, who got away. In addition to interviewing hotel guests, they are also checking hotel security cameras to see if they might have recorded something that could provide clues in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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