Fayette County

Three injured Sunday afternoon in Lexington’s first 2018 shooting

Police blocked off the scene of a potential shooting Sunday afternoon in Lexington.
Police blocked off the scene of a potential shooting Sunday afternoon in Lexington.

One adult and two juveniles were injured in a shooting Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Ohio and Fifth streets in Lexington’s first shooting of 2018.

The call about the shooting came after 2 p.m. Police said one victim was in serious condition and the other two victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. All three were taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. The names and ages of the victims were not released.

Police said a motive has not been determined. There are currently no suspects.

Police were already nearby when the shooting happened because of a house fire earlier in the day.

Ohio Street and nearby areas have been the location of numerous violent incidents in the past year.

In December 2017, William Higgins was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly tried to shoot someone in the 500 block of Ohio Street, but his gun jammed. Police said did not say if that incident had any relation to Sunday’s shooting.

In August 2017, a man in his 40s was shot and wounded at East Third and Chestnut streets.

In July, Tyler D. Williams, 18, died after being found with numerous gunshot wounds near North Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Fifth Street.

In April 2017, Jesse Ray Nance Jr., 32, was indicted for the February 2017 murder of John Drain Moffett on Chestnut Street.

Lexington police expressed concern for recent Lexington crime. “We want people to be careful,” Sgt. Jervis Middleton said.

Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall