A homicide investigation was launched early Friday after police found a man shot outside an apartment on Trent Boulevard.
Anthony D. Lewis, 24, was found in the parking lot between two vehicles about 2 a.m. He later died at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to a release from the Fayette County coroner's office.
Police were called to the Brandywine Apartment Homes, 1550 Trent Boulevard, in response to a report about shots being fired. The shooting happened near the intersection of Trent Boulevard and Man o' War.
Investigators were at the apartment complex nearly 10 hours after the shooting. Officers secured the scene while forensics officers and detectives from the robbery and homicide unit went in and out of apartment 705, carrying several brown paper bags and a backpack to the department's mobile crime lab.
Karen Bisczat, a neighbor, stood on the sidewalk, watching investigators work the scene around 10 a.m.
Bisczat said she had gotten off work at midnight. She had just lain down about 2 a.m. when she heard about five gunshots. Then she heard a girl screaming that someone had been shot and pounding on the door of one of the apartments.
Officers arrived moments later, Bisczat said.
"I knew it was bad when they started putting the tape up," she said, in reference to a large portion of the parking lot cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.
Bisczat said Lewis was lying between a Cadillac Escalade and a pickup truck when officers arrived. The door of the Escalade was open, she said.
Investigators took fingerprints from two vehicles parked on both sides of the Escalade outside apartment 705.
Blood was spattered on a door frame outside the apartment, at least one bullet hole was in the apartment's siding and the driver's side window of the Escalade was shattered.
Friday afternoon, after the Escalade had been towed and the apartment shut tight, the complex's management distributed fliers addressing residents' concerns.
The flier told residents to report any crime or "unsavory characters" to both complex management and police.
"If you are not engaged in any dishonest or illegal activities, crime should not be at your door," the flier said.