Fayette County

Identities released in latest Lexington shootings, raising city’s homicide total to 19

A man and a teen were killed in separate shootings that occurred late Saturday and early Sunday in Lexington, bringing the city’s homicide total for the year to 19.

Both had multiple gunshot wounds, according to Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn's office.

Floyd Dunn, III, 16, died at 4:50 p.m. Sunday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the coroner's office. Police officers found Floyd in the 400 block of East Sixth Street before 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Lt. Jeremy Tuttle. said

Jerome Wadsworth, 28, died at 9:49 a.m. at Saint Joseph East Hospital, according to the coroner. Wadsworth was found about 9 a.m. in a ditch at an apartment complex on Alumni Drive near iMan o' War Boulevard.

Tuttle said a woman who was walking spotted Wadsworth.

LEX 18 reported that the man was found at the Eastridge Apartments.

Lexington police Lt. Chris Dearinger said late Sunday that there had been no arrests.

The two deadly shootings within 12 hours pushed the number of homicides in the city to 19 this year.

The Herald-Leader reported in January that there were 24 homicides in Lexington in 2016 — all but one of them committed with guns.

The city’s highest annual homicide total was 27, recorded in both 1999 and 2001.

Police Chief Mark G. Barnard said in January that he thought the 2016 increase in murders was tied to economic problems and drug addiction in Lexington and the country.

“If you break down what most of what our homicides look like now, there’s some nexus to drug behavior,” Barnard said at the time. “That’s not everyone, and I don’t want to paint with a broad brush, but there’s always a connection, whether it’s to our property crime or our violent crime.”

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Additional reporting by Bill Estep: 606-678-4655, @billestep1