September 30, 2022

Some residents not surprised after shooting at Louisville gym

On Thursday, many Louisville Metro residents showed up to Esporta Fitness in St. Matthews, shocked…

On Thursday, many Louisville Metro residents showed up to Esporta Fitness in St. Matthews, shocked to find holes where bullets pierced through the window of the gym.Those holes were the result of a Wednesday night shooting, but they remained hours later the next day, serving as a physical reminder of the latest act of violence to hit the Louisville area.St. Matthews police believe around 9 p.m. Wednesday, a person driving near the fitness center on Shelbyville Road shot toward the parking lot right in front of the gym.At this time, they do not know who the target was, or why the shooter opened fire. However, with bullet holes reported to be on several cars and on the façade of the fitness center, they aren’t ruling out the possibility this was a shoot-out. In any event, it’s an incident that’s not coming as a shock to many gym-goers.”Well, there are shootings all over the place. What’s new?” said Larry Elliot, who has an Esporta membership. “That doesn’t scare me at all.”Like Elliot, many believe these violent incidents in and around the city are starting to feel normal.Background: Shots fired at big St. Matthews fitness club with people inside, police say”This is the way it is,” said Bill Fensterer, who has an Esporta membership. “We are going to have to deal with it. It could happen here, it could happen anywhere. That’s just the way it is.”However, for police, they felt the complete opposite.St. Matthews assistant police chief, Eddie Jones, said they typically over-staff the area where the shooting happened, because of the number of businesses present. He went on to say that shootings in the shopping plaza where the gym is located are rare.While investigating what happened, he said, he’s shocked to find out how many people are viewing this as “a regular day in Louisville.””I don’t think this is ever normal in any part of the city,” Jones said. “There are no parts of the city that are immune from this type of violence.”That thought process is also one shared by personal fitness trainer Deja Holland. She said she usually records her how-to videos inside the Esporta gym, so when she heard of the incident, she couldn’t help but think what if she was there.Continuing coverage: Woman carjacked at gunpoint in parking lot of St. Matthews gym”I think it is sad that we’ve moved toward accepting that as normalcy, because it’s not normal,” Holland said. “The gym is supposed to be a sanctuary for so many people, and it’s sad that this type of violence has come here.”After a year with an unprecedented level of violence, she said it’s important the community not give up in pushing to end it, as it’ll take help from everyone to stop incidents like this in the future.”We’re all humans here,” Holland said. “We are all trying our best, and I think it’s important for every single person to remember that.”WLKY reached out to Esporta Fitness Center for comment, but they have not responded. St. Matthews Police is working with LMPD’s Crime Scene Unit on the investigation.If you know anything about this case contact St. Matthews police.

On Thursday, many Louisville Metro residents showed up to Esporta Fitness in St. Matthews, shocked to find holes where bullets pierced through the window of the gym.

Those holes were the result of a Wednesday night shooting, but they remained hours later the next day, serving as a physical reminder of the latest act of violence to hit the Louisville area.

St. Matthews police believe around 9 p.m. Wednesday, a person driving near the fitness center on Shelbyville Road shot toward the parking lot right in front of the gym.

At this time, they do not know who the target was, or why the shooter opened fire. However, with bullet holes reported to be on several cars and on the façade of the fitness center, they aren’t ruling out the possibility this was a shoot-out. In any event, it’s an incident that’s not coming as a shock to many gym-goers.

“Well, there are shootings all over the place. What’s new?” said Larry Elliot, who has an Esporta membership. “That doesn’t scare me at all.”

Like Elliot, many believe these violent incidents in and around the city are starting to feel normal.

Background: Shots fired at big St. Matthews fitness club with people inside, police say

“This is the way it is,” said Bill Fensterer, who has an Esporta membership. “We are going to have to deal with it. It could happen here, it could happen anywhere. That’s just the way it is.”

However, for police, they felt the complete opposite.

St. Matthews assistant police chief, Eddie Jones, said they typically over-staff the area where the shooting happened, because of the number of businesses present. He went on to say that shootings in the shopping plaza where the gym is located are rare.

While investigating what happened, he said, he’s shocked to find out how many people are viewing this as “a regular day in Louisville.”

“I don’t think this is ever normal in any part of the city,” Jones said. “There are no parts of the city that are immune from this type of violence.”

That thought process is also one shared by personal fitness trainer Deja Holland. She said she usually records her how-to videos inside the Esporta gym, so when she heard of the incident, she couldn’t help but think what if she was there.

Continuing coverage: Woman carjacked at gunpoint in parking lot of St. Matthews gym

“I think it is sad that we’ve moved toward accepting that as normalcy, because it’s not normal,” Holland said. “The gym is supposed to be a sanctuary for so many people, and it’s sad that this type of violence has come here.”

After a year with an unprecedented level of violence, she said it’s important the community not give up in pushing to end it, as it’ll take help from everyone to stop incidents like this in the future.

“We’re all humans here,” Holland said. “We are all trying our best, and I think it’s important for every single person to remember that.”

WLKY reached out to Esporta Fitness Center for comment, but they have not responded. St. Matthews Police is working with LMPD’s Crime Scene Unit on the investigation.

If you know anything about this case contact St. Matthews police.

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