Louisville Football Players Shot While Celebrating Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy Win


Louisville football players James Hearns and Henry Famurewa were among three people shot near the school’s campus early Sunday morning, according to WHAS-11.

Louisville spokesman John Karman would not confirm if any victims are student-athletes at the school. He said the university is not releasing any names at this time.

Yusuf Shakir, who coached Hearns at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla., said Hearns, who plays linebacker, told him he had been shot in the elbow and that “he’s OK,” and, “He knows it could have been a lot worse.”

“If you go through something like that, you’re happy to be alive,” Shakir said.

A 19-year-old student who attends Jefferson Community Technical College said he witnessed the shooting. He said he was at a party with Louisville athletes who were celebrating quarterback Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman Trophy. The JCTC student said he told police an argument ensued at the door before it eventually continued into the street.

“A few minutes later I heard chaos,” said the JCTC student, who asked his name not be shared. “It was five or six guys just going at it, fighting on one side and then I see a flash come from the other side. Then I just took cover.”

Police responded to a call of a shooting around 2 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Manor Park Drive, an off-campus housing facility called The Retreat, close to the Louisville campus. When officers arrived, they located a male and female that had been shot. Both were taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A third victim arrived a short time later to Jewish Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound. Police determined that all three injuries occurred at the same location.

Louisville sophomore Jayvon Smith told WHAS11 he lives two doors down from the scene where students were gathering and celebrating Jackson being awarded Heisman into the early morning hours.

Smith said people started knocking on his door, saying people were shooting.

“It’s always someone who comes from out in the city that usually have weapons or that mean to do any type of harm or violence,” Smith told WHAS-11, “but I just think the city of Louisville is really dangerous right now. Crime is just happening, and it’s sad that is has to be involved on campus too.”

Shakir said Hearns told him the party had taken place in a track athlete’s apartment. “Some local guys decided to crash the party,” Shakir said. “One of the guys started shooting into the crowd.”

Chelsea Roy, leasing and marketing manager at The Retreat, said the apartment complex is cooperating with Louisvllle Metro Police Department in the investigation and referred all other questions to police. Roy would not confirm the time of incident or any other details.

The LMPD Major Crimes Unit is investigating. There are no suspects at this time.

Nearly 500 people have been shot in Louisville through November this year, according to Police Chief Steve Conrad, which is an all-time record for the city.