Lexington shooting victim identified; gunman sought

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com, gkocher1@herald-leader.comOctober 3, 2012 

David Bochenek, left, and Tim Ballinger of the Lexington Police Forensic Unit worked the scene of a shooting at the Northpoint/Lexington Healthcare Center on Tuesday.

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Lexington police have identified the victim of a Tuesday shooting as Anthoney Carol Beaumont Jr.

Beaumont, 31, of Lexington, died after being shot Tuesday afternoon in a nursing-home parking lot by a man who fled, police said.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Wednesday that police continued to follow leads in the case. "The case is progressing well," Roberts said. No arrest had been made by 8:40 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Beaumont was pronounced dead at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. No residents in the 150-bed nursing home, Northpoint/Lexington Healthcare Center, were injured, police Lt. Scott Blakely said Tuesday.

The shooting was reported at 2 p.m. Tuesday outside the nursing home at 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. Blakely said the shooting was the result of a "domestic-related event."

On Wednesday, Roberts said neither the shooter nor Beaumont worked at the nursing home.

Roberts said the man who fired the shot left in a vehicle with other people. She said she could provide no additional details.

Someone who knew the victim and observed the altercation worked at the nursing home, Roberts said. She would not elaborate.

But Jacques Washington, a cousin to Anthoney Beaumont, said Beaumont's wife, Brandis Beaumont, 31, worked at the nursing home. Brandis Beaumont declined to be interviewed Wednesday afternoon.

Anthoney Beaumont was sentenced to two years in prison in 2008 on charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana, according to Fayette County court records. However, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine suspended the sentence, putting him on probation for five years.

In October 2009, Beaumont admitted to using cocaine and failed to complete a substance-abuse program, court records show. The next month, Goodwine revoked his probation, ordered him to serve six months in jail and to complete the Hope Center Recovery Program at the Fayette County Detention Center. He entered that program in March 2010.

In a letter to Goodwine later that month, Beaumont wrote: "This is a good program. I have learned so much about my character defects," and he added that the program gave him "the tools to fight my drug addiction. I want to personally thank you for having patience with me during my case and for always being fair. Allowing me to do this program was the best thing for me."

However, Goodwine sentenced Beaumont to the two-year prison term in July 2010 for failure to pay child support and failing to obtain employment. She gave him credit for 438 days previously served in custody, according to court records.

Family and friends knew Beaumont as Tony, said his maternal aunt Mary Gateskill of Louisville.

Gateskill said Beaumont was married and was a good father to his children. She said he was self-employed.

"He was easy-going. I don't know what would make somebody want to shoot my nephew," Gaitskill said.

"Tony never bothered no one," said cousin Lina Washington of Lexington. "He loved his children.''

Washington, 18, of Lexington referred to his cousin Tony Beaumont as "uncle" because he was older. He described Beaumont as someone who would sacrifice time and money for others.

For example, he paid a phone bill for Jacques, and gave the teen a ride home from the Roots and Heritage Festival in the early morning hours a few weeks ago.

Jacques said he was "real close with" Jaleel Raglin, the 16-year-old Tates Creek High School student who was shot to death Sept. 25 at the Matador North apartment complex on Winburn Drive.

Asked how he dealt with the shooting deaths of two people he knew, he said, "My friends, who I call family, they come to me and talk to me and when I need something, they're there for me. That's probably the only way I can deal with it."

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter:@vhspears.

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