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Aug 16, 2014 7:42 AM

LMPD: Shootings Not Related To Louisville Purge Threat

Louisville police say two shootings reported Friday night are not related to the "Louisville Purge" threat that trended worldwide on social media.

One shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. near Churchill Downs, where police say a man who appears to be in his twenties was shot and killed behind an apartment building.

The second shooting took place on Routt Road just before 2 a.m. The victim, an 18 year-old man, was shot several times. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police stress neither shooting is related to the threat named "Louisville purge" that trended worldwide in social media. But despite the attention it received online, people didn't seem to be afraid. A 17-year-old has been charged with murder in this case.

The prank was based on the movie The Purge, in which any crime, including murder, is legal for 24 hours. A flier circulating on social media this week said that would happen in Louisville Friday night starting at 8 p.m. But the threat didn't keep people inside; most went about their evening as normal.

"We honestly suspected it was a high school student just trying to play a prank," said Hanna Wilson.

"We were talking about that saying we just think it's some kid who thinks it's funny," said Carrie Gleason.

Louisville police have found the person they believe started the hoax that trended worldwide. They say it is, in fact, a high school student, but he is facing no charges at this time.

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