A woman was shot several times at a house near downtown Lexington on Sunday, police said.
They did not confirm that she had died, but one police official said Coroner Gary Ginn's office would have to release information, an indication that the woman was dead.
There was no word from Ginn's office by late Sunday. The answering service for the office said no one was taking media calls.
Police did confirm that the woman's injuries were life-threatening.
If she died, it would be the city's 11th homicide of the year. The shooting continued a recent spate of gun violence in which three others have been killed and at least 12 people have been wounded in a little more than two weeks.
Police said they have beefed up patrols and added officers to the homicide division to investigate cases.
The shooting Sunday happened just before 3 p.m. on the 200 block of Race Street. Police who responded to a call about shots being fired found the woman lying on the porch of the small frame house, said Lt. Jesse Harris.
Police did not release the woman's name Sunday.
A friend said a mother of two named Amanda Franco had been living at the Race Street house with her uncle.
Court records show a woman named Amanda B. Franco, 23, listed an address in the same block of Race Street when she was charged last month with selling crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
It could not be confirmed that Franco was the woman who was shot Sunday. The uncle of the Amanda Franco listed in court records declined comment Sunday.
Police cordoned off the house and searched for evidence for several hours Sunday. They also interviewed neighbors, but had only a general description of a man seen leaving the scene. Police said he was about 6 feet tall and thin but with a muscular build, wearing jeans but no shirt.
Police started first aid as soon as they arrived, and emergency workers rushed the woman to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
Police released few other details about the shooting, including whether neighbors heard anything such as an argument beforehand, or whether authorities think the woman and her assailant knew each other.
Shay Mosby, who lives nearby and said she was somewhat acquainted with the woman who lived at the house where the shooting happened, said the woman was fun to be around.
"She was always smiling," Mosby said. Mosby knew the woman only as Amanda.
Mosby said recent incidents in which women have been shot are frightening.
"Anything can happen. You just never know," she said.
Billie Mallory, who said she lives on Race Street and is active in the neighborhood association in Lexington's east end, said the area had improved during the past decade but seems to have seen more problems recently.
There is a concern that the drug problem has gotten worse because of an influx of heroin, she said.
Police say most shootings are not random, but such violence is still unsettling, Mallory said.
"It still makes everybody feel unsafe," she said.
Police are working hard, but they have to have help from citizens who will speak up about what they see, Mallory said.
"Neighbors have to be watching out for each other," she said.
Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1.