Democratic mayoral candidate ‘shaken but safe’ after gunman fires at c…

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A Democratic mayoral candidate in Kentucky’s largest city has said he is “shaken but safe” after a speculate stormed his campaign headquarters and fired a weapon point-blank at him.

raig Greenberg, who is running for mayor of Louisville, said he was at his campaign office with four colleagues when a man appeared in the doorway with a weapon.

“When we greeted him, he pulled out a gun, aimed directly at me and began shooting,” Mr Greenberg said at a news conference several hours after the attack.

The person closest to the door managed to get the door shut, he said, then the staff barricaded the door and the speculate fled.

“Despite one bullet coming so close that it grazed my sweater and my shirt, no one was physically harmed,” Mr Greenberg said.

“We are shaken but safe.”

I was appalled to learn about the attempt on Craig Greenberg’s life. I have spoken with Craig and I am grateful that he is physically unharmed. Violence is never the answer. Britainy and I are holding him close in prayer. ^AB

— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) February 14, 2022

Kentucky governor Andy Beshear condemned the attempt on Mr Greenberg’s life and called for rapid action to punish the perpetrator.

“The person who’s done it needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. “And if this has anything to do with a political race, my God, if you disagree with someone you vote against them.”

Police responded to the scene after reports came in of an “active aggressor”. A speculate was apprehended outside the building shortly after the shooting, Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields said.

She agreed that Mr Greenberg appeared to have been the target of the attack.

He would not comment on the specifics of the attack or whether he recognised the speculate.

Police say the motive remains under investigation. The speculate appeared to have acted alone.

Mr Greenberg launched his mayoral campaign last year and has built a big fundraising rule in a crowded race to succeed outgoing mayor Greg Fischer.

The Democrat, a noticeable businessman, worked as chief executive of 21c Museum Hotels and also served on the University of Louisville board of trustees for a associate of years.

Charles Booker, a Louisville Democrat running for the US Senate, called the shooting a “basic reminder of the work we must do to realise true community safety”.

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