The principal of Bryan Station High School sent out an alert to parents after a man was shot in the leg near the school Thursday night.
The shooting was not related to the school and there were no student activities on campus at the time, Principal Mike Henderson said in the alert.
Lexington police Lt. Edward Hart said the victim told officers he came to the high school's parking lot to inspect a car he was going to buy from a man he he met on Craigslist.
Hart said the victim got in the passenger's seat of the car and they drove a short distance away, where the driver apparently pulled out a gun and demanded money.
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The victim escaped from the car after being shot in the leg and foot. He called a friend before he called 911, Hart said.
Based on the victim's phone records, police have a suspect in mind, but no names were released Thursday night.
The victim was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Police were investigating his story.
"We're looking at whether this had to do with the actual purchase of a car or some other matter. The victim is telling us that he was there to purchase a car," Hart said.
He said investigators found it strange that the man got in the passenger's seat of the car rather than test driving it.
"We're investigating several leads that they may have met for other reasons," he said.
School will be held as normal Friday, according to Henderson's alert, which was distributed to parents via e-mail. Information was posted on the school's Web site, on the Fayette County public schools' Facebook page, and on Twitter.