Police: victim and suspect hospitalized after robbery attempt ends in shootout
Two men were hospitalized early Monday after a shootout in downtown Louisville.
Monday, July 28th 2014, 8:43 am EDT
Monday, July 28th 2014, 4:27 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men were hospitalized early Monday after a shootout in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood.
It happened around 8:20 a.m. at Jackson and Liberty, not far from the University of Louisville's dental school and in front of an apartment complex. That's where police say a man armed with a gun tried to rob another man, but that man had a gun, too.
Investigators say the two shot each other. Both men were taken to University Hospital, but police tell us their injuries are not life-threatening. U of L confirms one of the victims is an employee at the dental school and is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg.
Police tell us they are investigating a number of robberies in the area involving U of L students. This is the fourth armed robbery in the area in the past three weeks. In an e-mail sent to students and staff at U of L's dental school last week, officials warned of robberies on Marshall Street on July 10, July 22, and July 23.
"Obviously, we have a great area here," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell. "Those are wonderful apartments, it looks like. But certainly, with individuals being accosted, being robbed, it's not something we're going to tolerate, and hopefully that ends today."
Police do not know if those robberies are related to Monday's shooting, but are hoping to find out more as the investigation continues.
"Obviously finding out more about this situation and if they're connected, having that individual removed from the streets will be a great credit to our community," said Mitchell.
LMPD is working with University Police, and increasing patrols in the area. U of L held a meeting Monday with students, faculty and staff at the dental school to offer counseling services.
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