Teen shot near U of L campus: 'It sounded like a war zone'
As Nick Ellis was running for his life early Sunday morning, he says he felt a sharp pain and he knew he had been shot.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As Nick Ellis was running for his life early Sunday morning, he says he felt a sharp pain, and he knew he had been shot.
“It was one bullet, four holes," he said. "And it just went straight through my thighs and didn’t hit anything with muscle."
The 19-year-old says he was one of many people at a party near Third Street and Cardinal Boulevard close to the University of Louisville campus.
“It was a very big party. I would say over 200 (people),” Ellis said.
The party was over, and Ellis says he was headed home. He describes what he heard next as sounding “like a war zone.”
“I saw two people getting into it. I can’t even remember what they looked like. They were just arguing back and forth. Then I heard a bottle smash in the middle of the street, and just like 40 shots go off,” Ellis said.
“To be honest, it sounded like a war zone. I was running with a friend of mine, and I looked at him and was like ‘I’m hit. I know I’m hit.’”
Ellis was taken to University Hospital with injuries classified as non-life threatening. However, another teenager was also shot.
According to the father of Eriaun Warrick, 19, she was shot in the mouth. The Western Kentucky University student was critically injured and rushed to University Hospital.
As of Monday night, Warrick remains in the ICU at the hospital. Her friends and family say she is showing signs of improvement. They say she’s written notes that describe the shooting and thank her friend who got her help.
That friend, Ase Strawter recalled the moments leading up to the shooting.
“She laid down, and I like realized something was wrong. And I was trying to figure out where the bullet had hit her, and if there was an exit wound.”
“I thought she was gonna be dead. I was just scared. I didn’t know what was gonna happen to me,” said Ellis, who says he did not know Warrick.
Ellis’ recovery will likely be much shorter than Warrick’s, but Ellis says he’s just grateful the two are alive.
“Why do you have a gun with you at an event like this?” Ellis wants to know of the gunman. “Are you the bigger man because you can shoot somebody?”
Police say no arrests have been made in the case.
Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call the Louisville Metro Police tipline at (502) 574-LMPD.
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