Double shooting might have been linked to a drug transaction, Lexington police say

jwarren@herald-leader.comJuly 17, 2014 

A shooting that wounded a 45-year-old woman and her son Wednesday afternoon apparently followed an altercation, and narcotics might have been involved, Lexington police said.

"It seems to have started from some sort of fight, but that's the only thing that's clear," police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Thursday. "At this point, nobody has been arrested."

The blotter at police headquarters lists the victims as Tina Vince, 45, and Tyler James Vince, 18.

According to the blotter entry, Tyler Vince told officers that a "known suspect" shot him and his mother.

The shooting occurred about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment in the 2100 block of Coburn Boulevard, according to police.

Roberts said in an email message Thursday that information provided to police indicated that the victims might know their assailants and that a "narcotics transaction may have been involved."

Roberts said both victims were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital; one had critical injuries. Initially, police said one victim was wounded in the torso and one had a leg wound.

UK officials said late Thursday afternoon that Tyler Vince had been released from the hospital. There was no record on Tina Vince, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Witnesses told investigators that three men arrived at the apartment Wednesday afternoon, police said. Two went into the apartment, and the third remained in the yard outside.

Witnesses reported hearing "numerous shots," and the person standing outside then jumped into a red or maroon Toyota Rav 4 driven by a woman, Roberts said.

That vehicle drove away, headed toward Richmond Road, she said.

The two men who had entered the apartment fled on foot.

Wednesday afternoon, police said they were looking for all four people.

Police were obtaining a warrant to search the apartment Wednesday evening, but information from it was not available Thursday.

Police have only vague suspect descriptions at this point, Roberts said.

One of the wanted men was said to go by the street name "LA," while the other had long dreadlocks.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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