Two people shot, killed in Kentucky restaurant, police say

Published 3:25 pm Friday, December 24, 2021

One person is under arrest after a shooting that killed two men at a busy restaurant in Kentucky on Thursday evening, police said Friday.

According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, 21-year-old Karson Reitz was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting at the Roosters restaurant location on Preston Highway. Statements from the scene indicate the restaurant was well-attended when the shooting unfolded, police department spokesperson Alicia Smiley said.

According to Smiley, an arrest citation 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. Smiley said no one else was injured.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the two killed in the shooting as 48-year-old Michael Miller from Louisville, who died at the scene, and 51-year-old Bradley Cross from Shepherdsville, who died at the hospital.

The investigation is ongoing. Police have not yet said what they believe the motive was.

The restaurant posted on Facebook that it would remain closed Friday and reopen Sunday.