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Louisville mayor hopeful says he's 'blessed' to have survived campaign office shooting

"When we greeted him, he pulled out a gun, aimed it directly at me and began shooting,” Craig Greenberg told reporters.

A mayoral candidate in Louisville, Kentucky, said he was "blessed" to have survived a shooting at his campaign office Monday after a gunman fired "directly" at him.

Craig Greenberg, a Democratic candidate, was targeted shortly after 10 a.m. at Butchertown Market, where he keeps an office above the shops, Louisville police said at a news conference.

Speaking to reporters, Greenberg said he had been holding a brief meeting with four members of his team when the suspect, who has not been identified, walked into their office.

"When we greeted him, he pulled out a gun, aimed it directly at me and began shooting," he said.

A bullet grazed his sweater but neither he nor campaign workers were injured, he said.

A campaign worker shut the door and the suspect fled, Greenberg said. The group then barricaded the room with tables and desks.

"We are shaken but safe," he said, adding that experience illustrated that "much more needs to be done to end this senseless gun violence."

Citing an ongoing police investigation, Greenberg declined to discuss the suspect or a possible motive.

Investigators do not know whether the incident was politically motivated and are considering all possible motives. Police said they are monitoring other mayoral candidates and community leaders.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.

Greenberg announced his mayoral run in April.