Louisville mayoral candidate shot at in campaign HQ

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By Devan Cole, Paul Murphy and Paradise Afshar | CNN

A Democratic candidate for mayor in Louisville, Kentucky, was the target of a shooting Monday morning at his campaign headquarters, authorities said.

Democrat Craig Greenberg was the target of the shooting in the city’s Butchertown neighborhood, Louisville Metropolitan Police Department Chief Erika Shields said, adding that although there were no injuries in the incident, a round did appear to strike Greenberg’s clothing.

Quintez Brown, 21, has been charged with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in connection with the shooting, according to Louisville Metro Police Department Public Information Officer Elizabeth Ruoff.

Greenberg said Tuesday that he and his staff were gathered for a morning meeting in his office at campaign headquarters when an individual walked in.

“We asked if we could help him. And he pulled out a gun, aimed it directly at me and opened fire,” Greenberg told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” “I was fortunate that one of my brave teammates slammed the door shut. They were able to throw some desks on top of the door and the suspect fled. So, we are very blessed to be here today. All of us on the team are.”

Brown pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Tuesday, and his bond was set at $100,000. The court also issued a no-contact order, barring him from going to the location of the incident and contacting Greenberg or anyone associated with his campaign. A no-firearm order was also issued.

Brown’s attorney said his client will be undergoing a mental health evaluation, saying he believes “there are serious mental issues at play here.”

Brown is a student at the University of Louisville, John R. Karman III, a spokesperson for the school, told CNN. The Louisville Courier Journal also identified Brown as a former intern and editorial columnist with the newspaper.

Shields said earlier Monday that authorities had “no known motive at this time,” adding: “We also have no reason to believe at this time that this individual was acting anything but alone.”

Greenberg told CNN he was under the impression that he was the target of the shooting when asked about the investigation. He said he doesn’t believe he had met Brown prior to the shooting but recalled reading about him in media reports from the previous year.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting local police investigating the incident, spokespeople for the agencies told CNN.

Tim Beam, a spokesperson for the FBI, also confirmed that FBI agents responded to the scene. Beam said the FBI was working to determine whether any federal crimes took place during the attempted shooting.

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Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said in a tweet that he was “appalled to learn about the attempt on Craig Greenberg’s life.”

“I have spoken with Craig and I am grateful that he is physically unharmed. Violence is never the answer,” he continued.

Craig Greenberg, Louisville Mayor Candidate, Targeted In Shooting

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Crime & Safety Craig Greenberg, Louisville Mayor Candidate, Targeted In Shooting Greenberg said he and his team were blessed to avoid injuries after a gunman walked into the candidate’s office and opened fire Monday. Reply

A shooting in Louisville Monday targeted Craig Greenberg, a Democrat running for Mayor, according to police. (Shutterstock)

LOUISVILLE, KY — Louisville mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg was targeted in a shooting during a meeting at his campaign headquarters in Butchertown Market on Monday morning, Greenberg told reporters Monday evening.

A man approached the doorway of Greenberg’s office, pulled out a gun and began firing the weapon at Greenberg. The closest person to the door was able to shut it, and Greenberg and others helped barricade the door. The gunman then fled the scene, Greenberg said. No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred around 10:15 a.m., Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields told reporters.

Police ushered Greenberg and his staff from the building. The candidate wasn’t hit, but part of his clothing was struck, Shields said. Louisville police made an arrest in connection with the shooting but did not reveal the person’s identity. The motive is currently unknown, and it is believed the shooter acted alone, Shields said.

Greenberg tweeted at 10:45 a.m. that he and his team were safe and with Louisville police. In the tweet, Greenberg thanked followers for their messages of support in the aftermath of the shooting. He described the shooting as a “surreal experience” and after several hours of meeting with police said he was ready to see his family.

Greenberg, who is Jewish, is running for mayor as a Democrat. “A safer, stronger Louisville” is the first issue listed on his campaign website. His “All In” public safety plan includes cracking down on illegal guns, building and maintaining a fully-staffed, community-oriented police force and expanding access to affordable housing and addiction and mental health services.

“It’s not lost on me that the violence my staff and I experienced today is far too common in our city,” Greenberg said. “Too many Louisville families have experienced the trauma of gun violence. Too many in Louisville were not as blessed as my team and I were today to survive. Clearly, much more work needs to be done to end this senseless gun violence and make Louisville a safer place for everyone.” Greenberg, who began his career as an attorney after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1998, is the co-owner of a sports entertainment company called Ohio Valley Wrestling, fulfilling a “childhood dream of stepping into the ring,” according to his campaign website.

Louisville mayor candidate: Gunman aimed directly at me

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Democratic mayoral candidate ‘shaken but safe’ after gunman fires at close range

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A Democratic mayoral candidate in Kentucky’s largest city has said he is “shaken but safe” after a suspect stormed his campaign headquarters and fired a weapon point-blank at him.

Craig Greenberg, who is running for mayor of Louisville, said he was at his campaign office with four colleagues when a man appeared in the doorway with a weapon.

“When we greeted him, he pulled out a gun, aimed directly at me and began shooting,” Mr Greenberg said at a news conference several hours after the attack.

The person closest to the door managed to get the door shut, he said, then the staff barricaded the door and the suspect fled.

“Despite one bullet coming so close that it grazed my sweater and my shirt, no one was physically harmed,” Mr Greenberg said.

“We are shaken but safe.”

I was appalled to learn about the attempt on Craig Greenberg’s life. I have spoken with Craig and I am grateful that he is physically unharmed. Violence is never the answer. Britainy and I are holding him close in prayer. ^AB — Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) February 14, 2022

Mr Greenberg said he had not yet seen his family, though he had spoken with his wife on the phone after the attack and was anxious to get home. While he declined to talk about the assailant’s possible motive, he made a point to connect his experience to gun violence.

“Today is not a day for politics, but it’s not lost on me that the violence my staff and I experienced today is far too common in our city. Too many Louisville families have experienced the trauma of gun violence,” he said.

Kentucky governor Andy Beshear condemned the attempt on Mr Greenberg’s life and called for swift action to punish the perpetrator.

“The person who’s done it needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. “And if this has anything to do with a political race, my God, if you disagree with someone you vote against them.”

Police responded to the scene after reports came in of an “active aggressor”. A suspect was apprehended outside the building shortly after the shooting, Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields said.

She agreed that Mr Greenberg appeared to have been the target of the attack.

He would not comment on the specifics of the attack or whether he recognised the suspect.

Police say the motive remains under investigation. The suspect appeared to have acted alone.

Mr Greenberg launched his mayoral campaign last year and has built a big fundraising lead in a crowded race to succeed outgoing mayor Greg Fischer.

The Democrat, a prominent businessman, worked as chief executive of 21c Museum Hotels and also served on the University of Louisville board of trustees for a couple of years.

Charles Booker, a Louisville Democrat running for the US Senate, called the shooting a “critical reminder of the work we must do to realise true community safety”.