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One person is arrested after a shooting that killed two men in a busy restaurant in Louisville on Thursday night, police said Friday.
According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, Karson Reitz, 21, was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting at the Roosters restaurant on Preston Highway. Statements from the scene indicate that the restaurant was very busy when the shooting took place, said police department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley.
According to Smiley, an arrest affidavit says that security footage inside the restaurant shows Reitz shooting the two people, and that he admitted to the shooting in a statement to a detective.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the two killed in the shooting as Michael Miller, 48, of Louisville, who died at the scene, and Bradley Cross, 51, of Shepherdsville, who died in hospital.
The investigation continues. Police have not yet said what they believe was the motive.
The restaurant posted on Facebook that it would be closed on Friday and reopen on Sunday.
According to an arrest report, LMPD agents saw Karson Reitz, 21, on the restaurant’s security cameras shooting two men.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Officer identified the victims Friday morning. Michael Miller, 48, of Louisville died at the restaurant. Bradley Cross, 51, of Shepherdsville died at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Reitz knew both victims, according to the arrest report.
Court records show that Reitz admitted to police that he shot the two men. Police have not detailed the motive for the shooting. It is unclear if Reitz was arrested at the restaurant.
“It’s terribly tragic every time something like this happens,” said LMPD Major David Allen.
Allen said an incident like this is difficult at any time, but especially during Christmas.
“The department itself has had a difficult week. So for these officers to come back here on something like this, and then work with family members, also with the homicide unit, it’s a hard time for anyone to watch. “