A beautiful, sunny weekend turned grisly as Lexington police began their third homicide investigation in three days.
Early Sunday morning, a man died after being shot at the Shell station at Broadway and New Circle. Police are still looking for the suspect; the victim has not yet been identified.
Lexington Police Lt. David Marcum said he didn't have statistics on past strings of murders, but "it does seem strange to have three in three days. That is a high amount of homicides to have."
None of the cases appears to be related, and in only one has there been an arrest. Roderick Blincoe, 51, was arrested Saturday and charged with murder in the stabbing death of Liese Carr, 53, at her house on Aurora Avenue.
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There has been no arrest in the shooting death of Amanda Ross, 29, of Lexington at her home in the Opera Square Town Homes in downtown Lexington. As of Sunday afternoon, Ross's one-time fiancé, former state legislator Steve Nunn, was still at the Bowling Green Medical Center, recovering from self-inflicted wounds to his wrists. He was charged with wanton endangerment after he brandished a gun at police officers who found him at his parents' grave. Lexington police have called him a person of interest in the Ross case.
The most recent homicide occurred at about 4 a.m. on Sunday when officers responded to the Shell station at Broadway and New Circle Road after getting a call about a subject who was suffering from gunshot injuries.
The responding officers located a man, who was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Shell manager "Smitty" Smith said he had reviewed the tapes of the incident, which showed the two men talking inside the store before coming outside, where one man opened fire on the other.
"It wasn't really a fight. It happened pretty quick," he said.
The victim's name, manner and cause of death have not been released.
Police are still looking for a man they want to question about the shooting.
Police say he was driving a greenish blue car, possibly a four-door. The subject is described as a black man, medium complexion, early 20's, 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, 160 to 180 pounds with a mustache.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Police Communications Unit at (859) 258-3600, Personal Crimes Section at (859) 258-3700 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.
Meanwhile, one of Carr's closest friends said Carr's great generosity may have contributed to her death.
Ann Olliges, who lives across the street from Carr's house on Aurora Avenue, said Blincoe had rented space from Carr six months ago. She had asked him to leave but still allowed him to come to the house.
"Why she continued to have a relationship with him, I don't know," Olliges said. "She kept to herself, but she was such a generous person she would give you the shirt off her back. She loved animals and would take in any stray; she fed half the neighborhood cats. Not only did she take in stray animals, she took in stray people, which is probably what led to what happened yesterday."
Olliges said the close-knit neighborhood has been traumatized by the incident, which happened Saturday afternoon.
"So many helped out when they heard Liese screaming," she said.
Olliges said neighbors are already talking about taking donations for a domestic violence fund in Carr's name.
Carr's half-brother, Ted Carr, is in charge of funeral arrangements, which are incomplete.