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LMPD beefing up security for Pegasus Parade following 2016 shooting

Published: May. 2, 2017 at 5:22 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2017 at 6:31 PM EDT
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Chief Steve Conrad (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Chief Steve Conrad (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Bleachers await fans for the 62nd Pegasus Parade. (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Bleachers await fans for the 62nd Pegasus Parade. (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Downtown Louisville will be filled with thousands of people on Thursday for the 62nd edition of the Pegasus Parade.

One of Louisville's oldest traditions was tainted last year by gunshots when two teens opened fire during the parade. Louisville Metro Police said they are doing everything they can to keep the event safe this year and years to come.

WAVE 3 News obtained surveillance video from the Brown Hotel in 2016, showing two teens running away after police said they fired shots into a crowd of people during the parade. Police later identified the suspects as Deshawn Johnson and Jeremiah Carter, both 15. The video shows Carter surrendering but Johnson keeps running.

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Carter and Johnson were both arrested and are in jail. Two other teens, a 17 year-old-boy and a 14-year-old girl, were shot and survived. Police said Johnson and Carter had an ongoing dispute with the 17-year-old victim.
 
The 2016 shooting was a first for the Pegasus Parade. During a media briefing ahead of this year's parade, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said the instructions for the officers along the route this year will be to spend as much time as they can watching the crowds.

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"We're going to be asking them (officers) to look for problems and be proactive about addressing situations as they see them happening," Conrad said.
 
Conrad said there will be even more officers in plain clothes circulating in the areas behind the bleachers.

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"We will already have uniformed officers in place there," Conrad said. "The plain clothed officers will be a welcomed addition."
 
There will also be more rooftop surveillance locations along the parade route. Police have also added temporary cameras along Broadway.
 
"If our Real Time Crime Center sees anything going on, they will be able to share that information directly with officers along the route," Conrad said.

Conrad added that it would be a shame for people in the community to miss out on this year's parade because of what happened last year. Conrad encouraged parents to be with their kids during the parade.
 
Police are also asking for the community's help. They said if something looks odd, let them know.

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