Lexington police arrested a teen after a shooting in the Woodhill area that sent another teen to the hospital with a leg wound.
DeMarcus Daquron Jones, 18, is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.
Lexington police used dogs, cruisers and a helicopter to search the Woodhill area for more than an hour Thursday afternoon before someone spotted the suspect, who then apparently ran from police.
Officers arrested Jones after a short pursuit on foot, Lt. Scott Blakely said.
The shooting happened about 12:45 p.m. after a dispute in the complex of town houses on Osage Court, off Woodhill Drive.
After being shot, the victim ran about a block and collapsed in the town house of a family friend at 2424 Woodhill. Police identified the victim as Dante Howard, 18.
Howard was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Lt. Raymond Roller said.
Roller spoke with reporters while police were still hunting for a suspect. He said he could not substantiate rumors in the neighborhood that the shooting was the result of an argument over a cellphone.
"We don't know for sure if that's what it was," Roller said. "We know there was a disorder that occurred, and we're trying to talk to the multiple witnesses we have in the area to piece together what actually caused the disorder."
Neighbors were upset because the shooting happened just after lunch while children and teenagers, out of school on summer break, were walking around.
"It's scary," said Keshia Martin. "It's crazy because we have kids and our little cousins that play outside every day."View Larger Map
Martin, 24, who lives with her aunt about five houses from where the victim collapsed, said she heard what sounded like fireworks shortly before 1 p.m. She and her aunt, Doris Craig, said dozens of police cars and an ambulance then swarmed into the area.
Roller initially said police were looking for two males in their late teens or early 20s who ran following the gunshots. One, later identified as Jones, was described as having short dreadlocks and wearing a yellow or lime-green shirt, jeans, and black and white Air Jordan tennis shoes, police said.
When Jones was arrested, he was wearing dark jeans and yellow and black tennis shoes and had a camouflage fishing hat around his neck. He was not wearing a shirt.
By Thursday night, police no longer were searching for a second person. The second person witnesses saw running from the scene was identified later as the victim, Lt. Chris Van Brackel said.
Officers handcuffed Jones after he threw up his arms and surrendered about 2 p.m. Police led him to the scene of the shooting and spoke with him briefly before taking him away in the back of a cruiser.
Jones was being held at the Fayette County Detention Center on a $15,600 bond.