Lexington police suspicious of man's report that he was shot during a robbery attempt

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 14, 2014 

Lexington police are investigating a "suspicious" report that a man was shot during a robbery attempt Sunday night.

According to initial reports, the victim stated that he was standing on Smith Street between Fourth and Fifth streets about 11:30 p.m. Sunday when a man approached and demanded money.

The victim told police that when he refused to comply, the robber shot him in the foot and ran away.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the victim described his assailant as a black man, about 6 feet tall, wearing a red T-shirt and blue jeans.

Roberts said Monday morning that all information in the case was supplied by the victim. No one witnessed the alleged attack, and no one reported hearing a gunshot, she said.

"We are looking into the possibility that the description of events as provided to us may be suspicious," Roberts said.

The shooting occurred just hours after a 21-year-old man was shot in the head in Duncan Park, which also is on Fifth Street at North Limestone and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The man was found next to the swings. Police received differing reports that the victim was pursued by three to four men or that three to four men ran off after the shots were fired. Police also were considering whether a report of shots fired nearby at Sixth Street and Martin Luther King was tied to the Duncan shooting.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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