Shooting suspect still at large

Man dies from multiple wounds after shooting in elsmere alley

ksaltz@herald-leader.comJune 6, 2010 

In spite of an hours-long man hunt, police are still searching for the shooter who left a Lexington man dying of multiple wounds in the street.

Stephen Kavanaugh, 33, was shot on Elsmere Alley between Sixth and Seventh streets around 8:45 p.m. Friday, said Lt. Chris Van Brackel of the Lexington police department.

He said police officers were in the area responding to another call when they heard shots. As they headed toward the sound of gunfire they saw a man fleeing but were unsure whether he was involved in the shooting.

The man in question is described as a black male in his mid-20s last seen wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.

Police found Kavanaugh lying on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner's report confirmed multiple gunshots as the cause of death.

Because it was one of their only leads, Van Brackel said, police set out to search for the man in the white shirt who could be a suspect.

For several hours Friday, the police used search dogs and a helicopter to look for the man. Police created a perimeter in the area of North Broadway and Loudon Avenue.

Van Brackel said about 20 units took part in the search and that police received many reports of a suspect being sighted on nearby streets, in vehicles or jumping fences.

But, he said, the description of the man was so vague the search was unsuccessful.

According to court records, the victim had a criminal history including charges of robbery and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Van Brackel said the shooting happened in a high crime area..

No arrests had been made as of late Saturday and no weapon was found at the scene, he said.

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