One man was killed and another was critically injured Sunday night in two shootings that occurred within a few blocks and a few hours of each other.
The homicide was the seventh of the year in Lexington.
Police said they were called to Whitney Avenue at Michigan Street about 6 p.m., where they found a car with two men inside who had been shot. Montez Lamont Graves, 31, later died from his injuries, according to the Fayette County coroner's office. The second man, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital. His condition was unknown.
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Then, at 8:30 p.m., police were called to Charles Avenue, which runs parallel to Whitney off of Newtown Pike. Police found a wounded man in a silver sedan; he was taken to the hospital in critical condition with at least one gunshot wound.
Lt. Jonathan Bastian said police did not know whether the two shootings were related and had received multiple descriptions of a suspect in the shooting on Charles Avenue.
"We've gotten a number of different descriptions on the shooter," Bastian said. "We're still trying to interview witnesses and determine a better description."
About 9:30 p.m., the forensics team was still at the scene of the Whitney Avenue shooting and had not started to investigate on Charles Avenue. The first block of Charles was cordoned off with police tape, and police had marked several pieces of broken glass. A silver four-door sedan with its doors open sat in the street.
The motive for either shooting or relationship between the two will be part of the investigation, Bastian said.
"The short distance would make one question, but at the same time, we don't want to assume anything," he said.
Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call police at (859) 258-3700 or contact Bluegrass Crimestoppers.