Man dies after shooting at nursing home parking lot

gkocher1@herald-leader.comOctober 2, 2012 

Shooting scene at Northpoint/Lexington Health Care Center, 1500 Trent Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

A man died after a Tuesday-afternoon shooting during "a domestic-related" altercation in the parking lot of a Lexington nursing home, police said.

The 31-year-old victim, whom neither police nor the Fayette County coroner's office immediately identified, was pronounced dead at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. The victim's name was being withheld pending notification of family, a release from the coroner's office said.

No residents in the 150-bed nursing home, Northpoint/Lexington Healthcare Center, were injured, police Lt. Scott Blakely said.

The shooting was reported at 2 p.m. Tuesday outside the nursing home at the corner of Trent and Man o' War boulevards.

Blakely said three people who were meeting in the parking lot knew each other, but he did not have details about what happened.

"It had absolutely nothing to do with the nursing home other than the fact that it occurred here," Blakely said. "One of the parties worked here."

The people met at the nursing home "to have a discussion. The discussion didn't go so well."

Police were looking for the shooter. Blakely said he did not have a description of the shooter.

A weapon had not been found yet, Blakely said.

A third person in the altercation was not injured but was checked out at the hospital, Blakely said.

Staffers and others were standing on the porch of the nursing home entrance shortly after the shooting, and someone could be heard crying. The parking lot outside the front entrance was cordoned off with yellow tape.

An official with the nursing home said she had no statement and declined to comment.

An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for Wednesday at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort, the coroner's office said.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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