Last Updated on June 19, 2022
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was physically assaulted on Saturday night, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department. Jessica Wethington, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office, said Fischer was approached by an unknown individual who punched him numerous times outside a popular Louisville restaurant.
“Earlier this evening, while at Fourth Street Live, Mayor Fischer was punched by an individual,” the Louisville Metro Police Department said on Facebook. “The Mayor is doing fine.”
LMPD has released images of the suspect and have asked the public to come forward with information.
Louisville mayor Greg Fischer was punched yesterday at Fourth Street Live pic.twitter.com/dNomqvfYB4
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 19, 2022
The assault took place at Louisville Live, a large dining and entertainment venue. It is unclear if the assault on the outgoing Democrat was premeditated or random.
Craig Greenberg — who is campaigning to replace Fischer as Louisville Mayor when he terms out in November — urged the suspect to surrender.
Greenberg, a Democrat, was the target of an assassination attempt where his jacket was grazed by a bullet. Quintez Brown, a BLM activist and black power advocate, was arrested not far from the scene and charged. Shockingly, the would-be assassin was granted bail of $100,000
“Tonight my thoughts are with the Mayor and his family. Whoever is responsible for this assault needs to turn themselves in,” Greenberg wrote in a tweet after the mayor’s assault. “We cannot solve our disagreements with violence.”
Louisville has witnessed a massive crime spike crime in recent years.
The city’s homicide rate of 23 per 100,000 outpaces Philadelphia (22.7), Atlanta (21.7), and Chicago (20.5). A record-setting 188 homicides were recorded in Louisville in 2021.