Louisville sports bar reopens after deadly late night shooting; 2 victims identified
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – After a nighttime shooting Thursday night at a South Louisville sports bar, patrons returned Friday morning to support the local business.
The incident happened outside Hoops Grill & Sports Bar on Strawberry Lane around 11 p.m. Thursday, when Louisville Metro Police officers were called to report a shooting in the area.
Major Micah Sheu said when officers arrived they found a dead man in a car outside the restaurant. The second man was found dead near the car.
Haris Boskailo, 32, and Alden Fernandez, 21, died after being shot multiple times, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
The manner of death of both men was ruled homicide.
Sheu said it’s unclear whether the two victims knew each other or were customers inside the restaurant.
WAVE spoke to Hoops owner Dale Self the day after the shooting. Self said he didn’t want to be filmed, but showed WAVE News the surveillance video.
He heard from his employees who were there the night of the shooting it appeared that around 20 shots had been fired.
Surveillance video showed two men parking next to the victims. He said one of the shooters approached the driver’s side of the victims’ car, opened the door and fired.
The other victim got out of the car and tried to run, but didn’t get far before being shot by the other shooter.
In the video, the shooters picked up their shell casings, jumped into their car and drove off. Self said he heard about this chaos in just twenty seconds.
Kristen Jones was also at the Hoops on Friday morning. She said her boyfriend was working at Hoops on Thursday night.
“It’s amazing, really,” Jones said. “Especially with businesses like this…family owned. One thing leads to another and ‘bam’.
Jones said when she received notification that someone had been shot, she panicked.
“It makes you nervous, because you haven’t spoken to your mom or your dad, or your cousins, or anybody,” Jones said. “You instantly think, ‘Oh my God, who could this be’ and make phone calls.”
Those who heard of the shooting said it wouldn’t stop them from stopping at their usual Hoops stop.
“It’s just becoming a normal thing, unfortunately,” Jones said. “Every night, just another. You don’t know who’s next, sort of. You don’t know who it is.
Police said they are still looking for suspects in connection with the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD’s anonymous information line at (502) 574-LMPD or use the online crime advice portal.
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