Published June 19, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three people were shot to death and a fourth was critically injured Wednesday at a condominium building in Louisville, Ky., and police are saying the shootings appear to be domestic-related.
The fourth shooting victim was taken to University Hospital with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. The woman, in her 60s, was in critical condition.
No names were released, but police spokesman Dwight Mitchell identified the deceased as a girl, a 38-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man.
The shootings were reported shortly before 4:30 p.m. EDT, Mitchell said.
"At this time, we believe we have everybody that's involved ...," Mitchell said. "We believe there's not anyone on the loose."
The suspect appears to be among the dead, Mitchell said later.
He said the shootings took place inside a residence but declined to say whether there were other people inside at the time.
The Lakeview Condominiums complex lies in a neighborhood filled with upper-middle-class homes with manicured lawns near Bellarmine University on the outskirts of the Highlands neighborhood, near the Watterson Expressway.
About two hours after the shootings, a man and a woman who was crying went to the scene. They didn't speak to reporters but crossed the police tape and talked briefly to an officer before being escorted back to their vehicle and leaving. About a half-hour later, a different pair came and also spoke to police, the woman visibly shaken and weeping, before being walked back to their vehicle and driving off.
Molly Hoekstra said she has lived in the complex for nearly two years. She returned home Wednesday to find the building blocked off by police tape.
"It's always been really safe and neighborly," she said of the community. "It's like the most quiet place there is."
Hoekstra, eventually allowed inside her condo, brought her cat, Sasha, out in a carrier and said she was spending the night with relatives. The shooting, she said, had left her unnerved.