Lexington police investigate shooting on Ryan Circle

jkegley@herald-leader.comMay 22, 2013 

Lexington police officers scoured a neighborhood of tidy apartment homes Wednesday night, looking for someone who sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police and paramedics were called to 2824 Ryan Circle about 8:03 p.m. for a report of an man with a gunshot wound.

The man, who had been shot in the torso, was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital, police Lt. Dean Marcum said at a press briefing about an hour after the shooting.

The victim was found in the common area of one of the two-story, brick apartment complexes that dot Ryan Circle off North Mount Tabor Road, he said. Marcum said police had not found the suspect or a weapon at that time.

As darkness fell, six officers surrounded a man in handcuffs under a carport at a nearby apartment complex on North Mount Tabor. It was not immediately clear whether that was related to the shooting.

Dozens of neighbors gathered on the street and watched from their windows as police looked for evidence. They said it was unusual to have a shooting in the neighborhood.

About six years ago, there were a lot of fights and drug activity on Ryan Circle, but the police had slowly helped clean the area up, said Jade Ford, who has lived on Ryan Circle about 10 years.

Since then, the area has become home to people from a range of ages and economic classes. Several families with small children gathered around the police cordon.

"It's usually really quiet — a very neighborly, friendly place," Ford said.

Few neighbors reported hearing the gunshot. Ford said she first learned something had happened when sirens blared and police officers rushed toward the apartment building where the shooting happened.

Ford had been reading media reports about the decreasing value of the American dollar at the time, "so I was already in state of panic" when police began swarming the area and taping off the crime scene, she said.

"It was surreal. It looked like something I would watch on TV," she said.

Police continued interviewing neighbors and searching for evidence well into the night. At least two officers guarded the entrance to the apartment while others looked in bushes, trash cans and gutters.

A leashed police dog leading two officers zig-zagged around the apartment homes. Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson visited the scene.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at (859) 258-3600.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.