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Gunfire disrupts funeral service of murder victim

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Courtesy: Photojournalist Bud Dorsey Courtesy: Photojournalist Bud Dorsey
Courtesy: Photojournalist Bud Dorsey Courtesy: Photojournalist Bud Dorsey
Courtesy: Photojournalist Bud Dorsey Courtesy: Photojournalist Bud Dorsey

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Police say a gun was fired outside a funeral home, where visitation was being held for a man killed last weekend in Shively.

It happened Saturday outside the G.C. Williams Funeral Home at 19th and Broadway.

Friends and family were there to remember 22-year-old Deshawndre Davis, who was shot and killed on Oct. 11.

Before the funeral was set to start, police say two men were fighting outside over a gun and it went off.

One of the two men was taken to the hospital for a broken finger.

Community activist Christopher 2X, with Fight Crimes Against Children, said people inside the funeral home panicked.

"And people were being stampeded and trampled over," Christopher 2X said.

"There were people that were running for cover. There were things that were damaged and broken inside the funeral home," said Jonathan Harris.

The funeral home director, Jonathan Harris, says they locked the doors after the gunshot outside. He said there was damage inside from chairs being knocked over, along with floor lamps, as people were rushing to get out of the building.

"We immediately went to a safety plan that we have in place to where we lock down the funeral home to make sure everybody inside is safe so that doesn't continue to happen," Jonathan Harris said.

It's not the first time they've dealt with this situation at the funeral home.

"It has happened before. It is not something that has happened on a consistent basis," said Jonathan Harris.

The funeral was canceled and everyone went straight to Green Meadows Cemetery for Davis' burial.

It's not the way friends and family hoped to remember him.

"They don't even get to remember him in a decent funeral service," he said. "This is totally chaotic. The stress on them has probably went to another level," Christopher 2X said about the ordeal.

No one has been arrested.

An LMPD spokesperson says police don't have enough evidence or corroborating witnesses to make an arrest in the case.

The funeral home director says if family would still like to hold a memorial service for Davis, they will help to make this happen.

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