A would-be thief came up empty-handed after attacking a photographer who frequently shoots University of Louisville games for UofLCardGame. The assailant fled after inflicting severe pain on a good friend and associate.
Cindy Rice Shelton has been taking photos for Card Game since we became acquainted during the UofL baseball season. I was impressed with her shooting eye, and her work during the football and basketball seasons has significantly enhanced the graphics on the site.
Shelton, who was courtside Thursday for the UofL-Maryland women’s basketball game, had left the KFC Yum! Center at approximately 9:30 p.m. She had uploaded her SD cards to her laptop computer and was returning to her car a couple of blocks away.
After crossing the street at First and Main, someone attacked her, attempting to grab one or both of her cameras. “I had my cameras criss-crossed around my body,” she said. “When he couldn’t get the cameras, he just knocked me down on the sidewalk and ran away.”
“I was in severe pain, bloodying a knee and elbow, and having fallen on one of my cameras,” she said. “I didn’t know if I would be able to get up by myself.”
Cindy couldn’t describe the assailant because she never got a look at him. “I never saw him,” she said. “It was a snatch and run attempt, and he was gone. Unfortunately, nothing can be done about it.”
The worst part of the ordeal was that there were three lanes of traffic at the stop light and no one offered her any help. “The headlights of the cars were shining on us, and a lot of people saw it. Not one single person stopped,” she said. “No one got out of their car. Nobody did anything.”
Cindy plans to continue taking photos of Louisville athletic events as long as she is physically possible. “I love UofL sports and doing photography is my passion. I love what I do.”
Kenny Klein and Ira Green, of the UofL Sports Information staff, expressed sincere regrets for Cindy’s unfortunate experience. Green sent her a message Friday morning, letting her know press parking will be available to her much closer to the KFC Yum! Center.
We’re sorry it happened, Cindy. We look forward to enjoying your work and wish we could pay you what you are worth.