Fayette County

Man, 19, dies after being shot in car near Richmond Road early Saturday

Sean Howard
Sean Howard Photo provided by family

A 19-year-old man died after showing up at a Lexington hospital with a gunshot wound early Saturday.

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office said Sean Howard was pronounced dead at Saint Joseph East Hospital at 12:56 a.m.

Investigators identified the suspect as a 17-year-old male and obtained a custody order/warrant for the juvenile, according to police. The suspect’s name could not be released because of his age.

Howard was shot while sitting in a car in the parking lot at Mist Lake Plaza, at the corner of Richmond Road and South Locust Hill Drive, police said. He died after being taken to the hospital in a private vehicle, Lexington police said in a news release.

Police originally reported that the shooting occurred nearby, at Mount Tabor Road and Richmond Road. The shooter was thought to be a male passenger in a silver car.

Police were notified about the shooting after Howard arrived at the hospital at about 12:45 a.m., police said.

According to the press release, investigators think the shooting “stems from a prior dispute between the victim and suspect.”

Howard was a graduate of Tates Creek High School. His mother, Deana Hamilton Howard, said he was planning on starting college this month.

“He would have been 20 on Oct. 9, but was taken was too soon by a senseless act of violence,” she said.

Howard’s mother said she and her son were very close, and that he was loved by everyone who met him because of his infectious laugh.

“He never left the house or hung up the phone without saying ‘I love you, mom,’” she said.

Howard had two brothers, Alex, 25, and Allen, 21; and one sister, Shelby, 17.

Milward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 859-258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.