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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a man was fatally shot in Bardstown on Tuesday. 

According to the Bardstown Police Department, officers were called to the parking lot of BJ's Steakhouse on Camptown Road, off Bloomfield Road, in Bardstown on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m., after someone reported that shots had been fired in the area.

Police say when they arrived, they found a man who had been shot. He was taken to University Hospital by helicopter, where he died from his injuries.

Frequent visitors of the restaurant, including Garrett Yoakam, say the crime is highly unusual for the normally quiet corner of Bardstown.

"It's odd," Yoakam said. "In a town like this, I mean, it's a small town. I mean, stuff happens. But it's just weird for that to happen here."

The victim's identity has not yet been publicly released.

A neighbor who lives near the steakhouse, and spoke to WDRB News under condition of anonymity, says he heard one gunshot as he prepared to walk his dog Tuesday morning. According to the neighbor, he saw a car speed off shortly after hearing the shot. As he called 911, he saw a young man slumped over in another parked car seemingly honking that car's horn in distress.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call the Bardstown Police Department at (502) 348-6811 or via the tip line at (502) 348-4327. Callers can remain anonymous.

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