Lexington man is charged in shooting

gkocher1@herald-leader.com,jkegley@herald-leader.comOctober 15, 2011 

Lexington police on Friday charged Davric Cortez Givens, 21, of Lexington with assault and possession of marijuana, accusing him of firing a handgun at a car where a man was shot in the head Thursday.

The shooting was the latest in a string of more than a dozen shooting incidents in just over a week.

According to his Facebook page, Givens is the son of Cpl. Rick Givens, who works for the city's Division of Community Corrections. Davric Givens was being held at the jail Friday.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf Friday because he did not have an attorney, according to court documents. The Department of Public Advocacy was appointed to represent him.

He was denied bail because he is considered "a danger to others," the documents said. He will return to court Wednesday.

Police say they think Davric Givens was one of three people involved in the shooting shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of an apartment complex across the street from Henry Clay High School.

The driver of a gold Chevrolet Cavalier was shot in the head. Givens and another man fled, but Givens was taken to police headquarters for questioning after being found a short distance away, police said.

Police were still searching Friday for the third person connected to the shooting, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

According to court documents, Givens, who wore a black hooded sweatshirt and had long braids in his hair, shot at the car.

"Subject was identified as the individual shooting in the direction where a person was shot in the head," the document said.

John Walker, who lives at the apartment where the shooting happened, said after hearing shots fired he saw a man in a black hoodie with dreadlocks running from the scene carrying a handgun.

While Givens was being taken in for questioning, he admitted to police he had marijuana in his pocket, according to another report. Officers "recovered a plastic baggy in the right pants cargo pocket of the suspect containing a green leafy substance," it said.

It was unclear whether the person police are still looking for — who was described by witnesses and police as wearing a blue coat with short-cropped hair — played a role in the shooting.

"At this point, I am unsure if we have determined who did what," Roberts said Friday.

Walker said he saw a man with a "buzzed" haircut fire a gun from the passenger seat of the car. He said it looked like that person was shooting at somebody outside the car, but he said he could not tell what he was shooting at.

Police said the victim was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Roberts declined to release his name.

The shooting incident was Lexington's 14th in nine days, and the latest in a streak in which at least 11 people have been injured by gunfire and one has died.

On Tuesday, the body of Vincent Miles, 34, was found on the porch of a vacant Victorian-style house on Elm Tree Lane. He died of a gunshot wound, Coroner Gary Ginn said.

Including Givens, police have made arrests in three of the shootings. On Wednesday, police arrested Cedrick Lee Hatton for allegedly shooting a man in the back inside a Marathon gas station on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Last Saturday, Lonnie Schooley was arrested for allegedly shooting a woman outside Paradise City bar on Winchester Road, Roberts said.

Thursday's shooting happened hours after police announced a task force to crack down on the gun violence.

As part of the crackdown, police will increase patrols in high-crime areas and where shootings were the most numerous. Most of the recent shootings have taken place near downtown, northeast of Main Street, although Thursday's occurred several miles from there.

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