Lexington police investigate shooting outside Catholic Action Center

jwarren@herald-leader.comFebruary 21, 2014 

Lexington police continue to investigate a shooting that happened in front of the Catholic Action Center Friday morning that left one man wounded.

Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Fifth Street shortly before 11:30 a.m. when a man was struck in the hand or wrist during the shooting.

Lexington police Lt. Mark Brand said the man was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler hospital with injuries that didn't appear to be serious.

"We don't know if he was involved or not. He could have gotten caught in a crossfire," Brand said.

Ginny Ramsey, director of the Catholic Action Center on East Fifth Street, said the man is a regular visitor at the center, and had gone outside to smoke when he was shot. She said he was going to be OK.

Ramsey described the shooting as a "drive-by" that began at East Fifth Street and Pemberton with shots being fired from a passing car.

Brand said what happened after that remains unclear.

Police remained in the area late into Friday, questioning witnesses and residents on both Fifth Street and Chestnut streets. One officer was seen picking up several objects next to the curb and putting them in an envelope.

"In this kind of situation you have to sort through a lot of information," Brand said. "That's what we're doing now."

Police quickly focused on a nearby house on Chestnut Street with an officer entering the house a few minutes later with a drawn weapon.

Police brought two men out of the house in handcuffs shortly afterward. But it wasn't immediately clear whether they were involved in the shooting.

Brand said both men were arrested on outstanding warrants unrelated to the shooting.

As of Friday night no arrest had been made in the shooting, but police were still questioning the two men to determine whether they played a role, said Lt. Eddie Hart. One of the men was treated for a minor gunshot wound.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @heraldleader.

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