Six shot, two killed during Thanksgiving Day football game
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A day for family ended in tears for many in the West End.
The annual Juice Bowl is a Thanksgiving Day tradition in Shawnee Park. Hundreds of families went to the park to meet up before eating an evening meal.
Thursday, the games were cut short by gunfire.
A Facebook video shows the violence and the beginning of the shooting around 2 p.m.
A group of people riding motorcycles around 300 yards away from the field was grilling and celebrating when the shots begin.
There were around 19 in total, leaving two men dead and four more people injured.
Donna Grimes has been to the Juice Bowl every year since her father helped found it.
"It's horrible," Grimes said of the shooting. "It's really horrible."
She and many others are frustrated by the violence.
"We never have problems at the Juice Bowl," Grimes said. "Cook thanksgiving dinner, go to the Juice Bowl for a little while. This is the time of day everybody goes home. Why?"
As family members grieved, LMPD got help from both the FBI and ATF, which brought in K9 units.
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With these deaths, Louisville reached 106 homicides this year, four short of the all-time record.
"When you have a tragedy like this certainly puts a damper on that and for anyone celebrating today," Dwight Mitchell, LMPD's Spokesperson said. "It is a day to be thankful and thankful more people didn't get hurt in this situation."
Police still don't know what lead to the shooting.
"We may not even have the Juice Bowl next year because of this," Grimes said. "It's a sad time for Thanksgiving and it's a sad day for the Juice Bowl."
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