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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Police are investigating an early morning shooting in the Highlands that injured two people.
Police were called to Bardstown Road near Grinstead Drive just after 2 o'clock Friday morning. Investigators believe the fight started inside a nearby bar, which witnesses tell WDRB was Akiko's Karaoke Bar.
Friday afternoon, LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell added more details, saying someone in the altercation produced a gun after the crowd went outside. "One of those individuals produced a handgun," he said, adding that the person, "apparently fired shots at the feet of the victim at that point, where the victim sustained some minor injuries." Those injuries may have been from shrapnel rather than being bullet wounds.
Mitchell says several more shots were fired into the crowd.
Mitchell also says an Alcoholic Beverage Control officer on the scene returned fire, and the suspect ran away. He says the man tried to get rid of his weapon behind the Highland Liquor Store. Police found the weapon and arrested 23-year-old-Sameer Salaimeh on charges of assault and wanton endangerment, wanton endangerment of a police officer, and evidence tampering.
Two people were injured altogether and taken to University Hospital where they were treated and released.
Dozens of witnesses, many of them intoxicated, waited at a nearby gas station to give statements to police. One witness was taken to police headquarters for further questioning.
"One challenge is that many of those witnesses had been drinking," Smiley said.
Bardstown Road near Grinstead remained closed early Friday afternoon.