A Democratic candidate for mayor in Louisville, Kentucky, Craig Greenberg, was unhurt after someone shot at him in his office at the Butchertown Market Monday morning, police said.
“I am blessed. My team is blessed. No one was physically injured today,” Greenberg told reporters during a press conference Monday evening.
Police responded to a report of shots fired Monday morning at the Butchertown Market at 1201 Story Avenue, where Greenberg’s campaign has an office.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields said a round hit Greenberg’s clothes, but did not strike his body. A suspect was taken into custody outside the building, she said.
My team and I are fortunately all safe. We are all with LMPD now. I will provide an update as soon as possible. Thank you for the outpouring of support.
— Craig Greenberg (@RunWithCraig) February 14, 2022
“All of us are blessed, and I’m blessed to be standing here today with you. Despite one bullet coming so close that it grazed my sweater and my shirt, no one was physically harmed and we are extraordinarily grateful for our safety,” Greenberg said. “We are shaken, but safe.”
Greenberg and his staff were “successfully ushered away,” Shields told reporters near the scene on Monday. She said a motivation for the shooting isn’t known.
“We have no reason to believe at this time that this individual was acting anything but alone,” Shields said.
When thanking the “swift response” of LMPD, ATF, and other law enforcement officers who secured the scene “within minutes,” Greenberg said he would not be commenting or speculating on the possible motive of the gunman.
“At this time, we need to allow law enforcement to do their work and so I will not be commenting further about the situation or speculating on the shooter’s motivations while police complete their ongoing investigation,” he said.
Greenberg’s bid for Louisville mayor is his first run for elected office. He is an attorney and developer.
Greenberg launched his campaign for mayor last year and quickly built up a big fundraising lead (which he has since maintained) in the race to succeed outgoing Mayor Greg Fischer.
He released his public safety plan for Louisville last month, which called for “fully” funding and staffing a “community-oriented police force” and expanding mental health treatment, among other things.
“It’s not lost on me that the violence my staff and I experienced today is far too common in our city,” Greenberg said Monday.
“Too many local families have experienced the trauma of gun violence. Too many in Louisville were not as blessed as my team and I were today to survive. Clearly, much more work needs to be done to end this senseless gun violence and make Louisville a safer place for everyone.”