The annual Juice Bowl football game at a park in Louisville, Kentucky, has left five people injured and two men dead on Thanksgiving.
The Courier-Journal reported that the children finished playing football, and two women's teams were playing a game of flag football when about 20 shots were exchanged in a shooting.
Louisville Metro Police said officers responded to the situation at Shawnee Park Thursday.
Mayor Greg Fischer responded to the shooting in a statement on Facebook.
"The Juice Bowl is a longtime Thanksgiving Day tradition filled with family and community cheer," Fischer, who was The Courier-Journal reported was 200 yards away when the shooting happened.
"I implore those with information about the shooting to please call LMPD. Witnesses who remain silent, as has been the case with too many shootings in the past, will solve nothing. The increase in homicides in our city should be alarming to everyone and LMPD needs the public’s help to solve these crimes. Please call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.
Like hundreds of others, I was attending the Juice Bowl to share in this great community event when the shootings occurred. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those impacted by today's violence."
Charlotte Waddell, cousin of the late Muhammad Ali, told The Courier-Journal she was speaking to Fischer when she heard several shots.
"This is the worst Thanksgiving ever, I'll never be back," Waddell said. "I'm pretty shaken up."
The Associated Press reported that those taken to a local hospital did not have life-threatening injuries.
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