Lexington's ninth homicide victim of 2015 was shot in his bed just after 2 a.m Tuesday, just around the corner from the Winburn community center off Russell Cave Road.
Multiple shots were fired into a side window of a house in the 1800 block of Gerald Drive, where Thomas W. Brown, 55, slept, Lexington police Lt. Clay Combs said.
When police arrived, Brown was in his bed with multiple gunshot wounds, Combs said. He was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and died about an hour later.
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Brown's wife, who was home, was not hit, Combs said. His adult son was not home at the time of the shooting, police said..
Adria Johnson, a family service worker at the Community Action Council Winburn Center, said recent violence is not going to stop her from going out into the neighborhood.
Johnson frequently walks through the area in community outreach efforts. She said she feels safe both at the center and in the community.
The Winburn neighborhood is faced with a lot of poverty, said Catrena Bowman, director of community services for Community Action Council. "Whenever you have a high poverty area, one of the underlying issues that comes along with it is crime.
"What we are trying to do here is really work with the neighborhood to provide other options and to provide avenues out of poverty," Bowman said. The Winburn Center primarily focuses its efforts on youth.