Sources: 2 UofL football players shot after Heisman celebration


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Sources told WHAS11 two University of Louisville football players are recovering after being shot at an off-campus apartment complex. We’re told junior linebacker James Hearns and sophomore linebacker Henry Famurewa, along with another UofL student, are recovering after a shooting early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the Retreat at Louisville Cottage Apartments in the 1000 block of Manor Park Drive around 2 a.m. Sunday.

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Detectives said a woman and a man were taken to University Hospital by ambulance due to gunshot wounds. Not too long after those victims were transported, police said a third person showed up to Jewish Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.

Sources said the third person is also connected to the shooting scene at The Retreat apartment complexes.

Police initially described their injuries as non-life threatening, but we have not received an update on the conditions of the three victims at this time.

UofL sophomore Jayvon Smith told WHAS11 he lives just two doors down from the scene. Smith said students were gathering and celebrating Heisman Trophy recipient and sophomore UofL quarterback Lamar Jackson’s victory that evening into the early morning hours.

Smith said people then started knocking on his door, saying people were shooting. Smith told us, “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, but I just think the city of Louisville is really dangerous right now, crime is just happening and it’s sad that it has to be involved on campus too.”

UofL senior Darren Bruner agreed with Smith.

“It’s not students from campus. It’s that U of L is sort of in an unique situation that we’re situated in this part of town, not the greatest part, especially on this side of campus and here in old Louisville so we get a lot of people off of the street coming in and intruding on what should be a good time,” Bruner said.

This kind of crime is one Bruner knows all too well. He said somebody with a gun walked into his house party after the UofL and Florida State game this fall.

“We got the word and we tried to hurry people out the door before anyone got hurt and next thing you know we actually hear three shots fired from across the street. It was just into the air, but we didn’t know if anybody was hurt. So, it’s been a scary semester for sure,” Bruner said.

The university sent out two alerts to students. The first came at 4:07 a.m. regarding the shooting, saying LMPD was on the scene. A second notification was sent at 7:48 a.m. giving the “all clear.”

UofL sophomore Kelcy Lewis got those alerts and said she also saw lots of snapshots from people close to where the shooting happened.

“It’s pretty scary. I just can’t believe it happened,” Lewis said. “Our friends got robbed at gunpoint a few nights ago. So, that’s pretty scary. It’s pretty rough over there.”

Lewis said this is a good reminder to be extra careful when walking around campus, especially at night.

“Don’t go out very late. Don’t go out past 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. or at least take an Uber or something. Take a cab. Don’t walk alone. Have protection on you,” Lewis said. “I just hope that everybody is okay and that we’ll be able to recover from this.”

We have reached out to the university’s athletic department. Multiple staff members are traveling back from New York after accompanying Lamar Jackson to the Heisman ceremony. No official comment has been made.

LMPD is still searching for suspects.

If you have any information you are urged to call 574-LMPD.