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Man shoots himself alongside Richmond Road during rush hour

Drivers watched in horror as a man shot himself late Wednesday afternoon on an embankment beside Richmond Road.

The unidentified man was at the University of Kentucky hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. His condition was not known, Lexington Police Lt. Edward Hart said.

A little before 5:30 p.m., as shoppers and commuters crawled by on busy Richmond Road, a man sat on an embankment near the intersection with Mount Tabor Road. He had a gun and had told some customers at the nearby Starbucks he planned on hurting himself, Hart said.

Two people approached the man and tried to talk with him and police were on their way, Hart said, but the man put the handgun in his mouth and shot himself.

A suicide note was found in his pocket, Hart said.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call 1-800-784-2433 or (800) SUICIDE.