Description of killer is the same in 2 slayings in as many nights, Lexington police say

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJune 22, 2014 

Two fatal shootings in Lexington in as many nights might have been the work of the same person, Lexington police said Sunday.

Charles Wright, 32, of Lexington was found in the street at 154 East Sixth Street early Sunday with multiple gunshot wounds, Sgt. Jesse Harris said.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Jonathan Price, 26, of Versailles was fatally wounded and his wife was injured when they were shot in the parking lot of Woodhill Shopping Center.

The description of the suspect in both cases was identical: a black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks, wearing a white T-shirt. A silver car was mentioned by witnesses at both crime scenes, Harris said.

"Obviously we're going to follow up on that," he said. "We're at least considering the possibility that the shootings are related."

Wright was pronounced dead at 1:19 a.m. Sunday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to a news release from the Fayette County Coroner's Office. The shooting was reported at 12:55 a.m. Sunday.

Price, a former Marine, and Megan Price were shot at 1:29 a.m. Saturday. Megan Price was shot in the leg. Jonathan Price died about 30 minutes later at UK Chandler Hospital, the coroner's office said.

The Prices had gone to Austin City Saloon, which is in Woodhill Shopping Center, to celebrate her birthday.

"Our homicide unit is still investigating that" shooting, Harris said.

Police also are investigating a third shooting, reported shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, at Sixth Street and Shropshire Avenue, Harris said.

Officers found a man sitting on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the chest; his injury was not considered life-threatening, Harris said.

Police did not release that victim's name.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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