Democratic Kentucky Mayoral Candidate Craig Greenberg Shot Inside His Office

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Police in Kentucky have detained a person suspected of a Monday morning “assassination attempt” on a Democratic party candidate for Louisville city mayor.

The Louisville Metro police chief Erika Shields said at a lunchtime press conference that the unidentified shooter entered Craig Greenberg’s fourth-floor suite in a downtown office building at about 10:15 am and fired multiple shots.

Neither Greenberg, who is running for his party’s nomination for city mayor in the upcoming Democratic primary nor any of his staff were struck, Shields said, although Greenberg’s clothing was nicked by a round.

Greenberg tweeted that he and his campaign team were safe and uninjured and that he planned to give an update later. Television footage showed Greenberg and several colleagues being led from the building by a heavily armed Swat team.

The person in custody was detained near the building after officers matched their appearance to descriptions by witnesses, according to Shields.

“We have no known motive at this time. We also have no reason to believe that this individual was acting anything but alone,” Shields said.

“Until we can determine what the motivating factors were, we are going to keep an open mind and proceed with an abundance of caution and concern for many of our community members. Greenberg is Jewish, so there’s that. We don’t know if it’s tied to the candidate’s politics or if we are dealing with someone who has mental issues or is venomous.”

She added that investigators would piece details of the incident together before deciding on charges.

David James, a Louisville council member, told WLKY News that he believed it was “an assassination attempt on Greenberg and his staff”, who are working to secure the Democratic nomination to succeed the party’s long-serving mayor, Greg Fischer, in November’s election.

Greenberg is among the frontrunners in the May 17 primary, according to HuffPost, and would be “an overwhelming favorite” if he won the nomination.

Several Louisville council members are supporting his candidacy, while others have refused to endorse him.