Kentucky police have arrested a person suspected of “attempting to assassinate” a Democratic candidate for mayor of Louisville on Monday morning.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields told a lunchtime news conference that the unidentified shooter entered Craig Greenberg’s fourth-floor suite at an office building in the downtown around 10:15 a.m. and fired several shots.
Neither Greenberg, who is running for his party’s mayoral nomination in the upcoming Democratic primary, nor any of his aides were hit, Shields said, although Greenberg’s clothing was slashed by a bullet.
Greenberg tweeted that he and his campaign team were safe and that he planned to give an update later. Television footage showed Greenberg and several colleagues being led out of the building by a heavily armed Swat team.
The person in custody was detained near the building after officers matched their appearance to witness descriptions, according to Shields.
“We have no known motive at this time. We also have no reason to believe that this individual was acting other than alone,” Shields said.
“Until we can determine what the motivating factors were, we will keep an open mind and proceed with great caution and concern for many of our community members. Mr. Greenberg is Jewish, so there you have it. We don’t know if it’s related to the candidate’s politics or if we’re dealing with someone who has mental problems or is poisonous.
She added that investigators would gather details of the incident before deciding on charges.
Louisville councilman David James told WLKY News he believes it was ‘an assassination attempt on Greenberg and his staff’, who are pushing for the Democratic nomination to succeed longtime party mayor Greg Fischer in the November election. .
Greenberg is among the frontrunners in the May 17 primary, according to HuffPost, and would be “an overwhelming favorite” if he wins the nomination.
Several Louisville council members support his candidacy, while others have refused to endorse him.