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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are hoping for the public's help to determine what led up to three people being shot outside of an entertainment business in Theater Square.
Owner Travis Stewart said several hundred people were inside Euphoria. He described the business as a venue and rental hall, where wedding receptions, private parties, and even live concerts are held. But he said during a private party for the Fourth of July, extra people started showing up at Euphoria from another party.
"We had a large group of individuals that were an overflow from another party," Stewart said.
Stewart said he ended the party early and called police when he noticed some people didn't have ID's, and a large crowd was gathering outside.
"We just told them we had problems with people being rowdy, fighting outside. My security had escorted them out and they weren't leaving the premises," Stewart said.
Police said that's when three people were shot outside Euphoria. They said the incident happened a little before 2 a.m. Friday, when a woman, a man, and a 17-year-old all were shot outside Euphoria. The three were taken to nearby hospitals.
"And what they were being told is that there was some altercation inside involving groups of people. That altercation moved outside and then shots were fired," said Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson Alicia Smiley.
Stewart said this was the first major incident they've had in 14 months at Euphoria. Previously, Euphoria was called Club Roxbury and was under different ownership. Police were called there for various reasons in the past.
"Some of them involve shootings. Some of them involve various types of altercations amongst people, but yes we have made several runs there in the past," says LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley.
Neighboring businesses also have complained about the crowds outside at night.
"And there's broken liquor bottles, broken glass. We have big, greasy hand prints where they banged on the window sort of thing. Cigarette butts everywhere," says Vivian Farrell with the Christian Science Reading Room.
Stewart said he's working to change that.
For now, he also plans to increase security at Euphoria, and take extra measures inside and outside.
"Just got to go back to the drawing board and do what I have to do to fix it to ensure that it doesn't happen again," Stewart said.
Police are hoping for information in this case, and are encouraging you to call the police tipline at 574-LMPD if you know what happened.