Fayette County

Man shot in robbery is Lexington film director; another man shot during a robbery Tuesday

Coleman Saunders
Coleman Saunders Gofundme.com

A Lexington man known for filming and directing music videos was shot Sunday during an early-morning robbery, and another man was shot during a robbery early Tuesday.

In the more recent incident, the victim told police that he was shot in the leg during a robbery in which three men took his phone and another electronic device at Woodside Way and Malabu Drive. He was able to walk to his residence and call for help at 4:49 a.m., said Lexington police Sgt. Ann Welch.

On Sunday, Lexington police were called to North Limestone and Seventh streets just after 6 a.m. and found a man on the sidewalk with two gunshot wounds. The victim told police three men in their late teens or early twenties approached him and pulled him into a nearby alley to rob him.

Police didn’t release the victim’s name but said he was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and was was in critical condition early Sunday.

There have been no arrests in either case, Welch said Tuesday afternoon. While there are some “surface similarities,” Welch said police do not yet know if the crimes are related.

Friends on Facebook identified the victim in Sunday’s robbery as Coleman Saunders, a video director, photographer and producer.

Saunders’ friend Sabrina Hounshell said “this is going to be a long journey for him” but that the prognosis is “hopeful.”

A few friends posted messages Monday afternoon on Facebook, stating that Saunders had come through a surgery successfully.

Hounshell said Saunders is a “talented person and amazing friend” who has worked with Sundy Best, Kyle Douglas, Allison Moorer and Stoney LaRue.

In the past year, Saunders has worked closely with country music singer J.D. Shelburne.

Coleman produced and directed Shelburne’s music video for the song Hometown, Shelburne said. The two were scheduled to work on another project in July.

“He’s a great guy. This video is the reason my career has just gone to a whole new level,” Shelburne said. “He would give you the shirt off his back.”

Saunders has made a name for himself in Nashville by helping up-and-coming artists make affordable music videos, Shelburne said.

In their time working together, Shelburne said he and Saunders have become friends.

“It sounds like he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Shelburne said. “I’m just shocked that this has happened.”

An account has been set up at Gofundme.com/2biozp8 to help with Saunders’ expenses, and a benefit for Saunders has been scheduled for 8 p.m. July 5 at Willie’s Locally Known.

“Coleman’s a creative, self-employed young person,” Hounshell said. “The financial burden that’s going to come from this is going to be really hard on them.”