Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D) was reportedly assaulted Saturday evening when he was punched by a male suspect while at a downtown dining and entertainment venue, according to a mayor’s office spokeswoman.
“Fischer ‘is doing fine,’ according to a statement from Jessica Wethington. Louisville Metro Police is investigating the incident,” the Courier-Journal reported.
The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) released photos of the suspect, who appears to be a black male, and said it will release more information when it comes in.
“Earlier this evening, while at Fourth Street Live, Mayor Fischer was punched by an individual. The Mayor is doing fine. LMPD is investigating & will release further information as it becomes available. Anyone with information can call our anonymous tip line at 502-574-5673,” the LMPD said.
Earlier this evening, while at Fourth Street Live, Mayor Fischer was punched by an individual. The Mayor is doing fine. LMPD is investigating & will release further information as it becomes available. Anyone with information can call our anonymous tip line at 502-574-5673. pic.twitter.com/BeKnjfJOgv
— LMPD (@LMPD) June 19, 2022
Fischer was seen at multiple events earlier in the day, including the “Race for Justice” in honor of Breonna Taylor and walking in the “Kentuckiana Pride Parade,” the Courier-Journal noted.
In February, a Democrat candidate running for Louisville mayor survived a shooting when local racial justice activist Quintez Brown allegedly pulled a gun on him. Craig Greenberg was unharmed in the shooting, even though he said a bullet grazed his sweater.
“This morning, I was gathered for a brief meeting with four of my incredible team members in our campaign office. A man walked into our office. When we greeted him, he pulled out a gun, aimed directly at me and began shooting,” Greenberg said in the statement. “The individual closest to the door managed to bravely get the door closed, which we barricaded and the shooter fled the scene.”
“Let me say again that all of us are blessed to be with you,” he added. “Despite one bullet coming so close that it grazed my sweater, no one was physically harmed, and we are extraordinarily grateful for our safety. We are shaken, but safe.”
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