Man taken to hospital after shots fired on East Loudon Monday afternoon

jwarren@herald-leader.comSeptember 9, 2013 

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

A man was rushed to the hospital after a number of shots were fired on East Loudon Avenue in Lexington about 4:45 p.m. Monday, police said.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said officers were looking for "two, possibly three suspects, maybe more." They were last seen in the area of Castlewood Park, she said. Lt. Eric Lowe said they were thought to be driving an American-made gold passenger car.

The 29-year-old victim, who was not identified, was shot in the back, Lowe said. He said the injuries were serious but were not thought to be life-threatening.

The incident apparently occurred in a driveway in the 200 block of East Loudon, according to Roberts.

Roberts said she didn't know whether the victim actually lived at that home.

Some witnesses told police gunshots were exchanged, although that remained unclear, Roberts said.

"There's been some talk of that, and we're trying to sort that out now," she said. "There are some witnesses and victims who believe that this was a situation where gunshot fire was exchanged. There are others who say this was a situation where the victim was simply shot near the home."

Evidence at the scene, including bullet holes and shell casings, suggested that several shots were fired, Roberts said. A blue pickup truck parked in front of a home in the 200 block of East Loudon, next door to the shooting scene, had some bullet holes, she said.

Orange plastic cones had been placed in the driveway late Monday to mark out the site.

No weapon had been found, she said.

Police blocked off the westbound lanes of Loudon Avenue at Shropshire Avenue, and eastbound traffic on Loudon was moving a snail's pace while officers fanned the street to interview residents and look for evidence.

"At this point, there really isn't much to say as far as why this happened or how it happened," Roberts said about 20 minutes after the shooting. "We are trying to piece that together now."

She said police probably would be on the scene for some time.

"If you look around the neighborhood there are lots of people who are out, there are lots of people listening and conferring," she said. "When you are dealing with so many witnesses ... at this point we want to try to talk with all those people and get to the bottom of what happened."

Herald-Leader staff writer Karla Ward contributed to this report. Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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