A 36-year-old Lexington man was shot and killed early Sunday during a home invasion, according to the Fayette County coroner's office.
Darnell Bates was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 a.m. Sunday at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center after being found shot in an apparent home invasion at his home at 440 Addie Alley. The shooting occurred about 4:45 a.m. Addie Alley is between Fourth and Fifth streets.
Bates died of a gunshot wound to the stomach, the coroner's office said.
The death was being investigated as a homicide, according to the coroner's office.
Lexington police Lt. Jesse Harris said two men wearing dark clothing and masks were spotted leaving the scene. One of them had a revolver. No arrests have been made.
According to WKYT-TV, Bates' cousin and a friend, William Millen, were in the home during the invasion.
Millen called the shooting "a cowardly act."
"He leaves behind his mother, children, brothers, just a host of family and friends through the city of Lexington," said Millen, who worked with Bates at a local car wash. "It is a tragedy, a tragedy that should never happen."