Crime

Man dies after being shot alongside field

Police investigated the scene of a shooting on Faulkner Avenue in Lexington.
Police investigated the scene of a shooting on Faulkner Avenue in Lexington. kward1@herald-leader.com

A 25-year-old man died after being shot on Faulkner Avenue in Lexington Thursday.

The man, later identified by the coroner as De’Ontai Jarrell Bates, was in an SUV with his mother’s boyfriend and another man they had picked up in the area of Russell Cave Road, said Lexington police Lt. Jackie Newman.

The shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. on a gravel driveway alongside a field on the 700 block of Faulkner Avenue. Newman said none of those involved lived there.

Bates was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived, according to a news release from the Fayette County Coroner’s Office. Newman said he had been shot in the chest.

After the shooting, the man who had been picked up near Russell Cave ran, and police were using a dog to search for him. Newman said police did not know the relationship between the man who ran and the victim.

The victim’s mother’s boyfriend, who had been in the SUV and called police to notify them of the shooting, was to be questioned at police headquarters, Newman said.

Anyone with information about the case should call Lexington police. Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be texted to police. Type “lexpd” plus the tip and send to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous information also can be submitted at Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com or called in to 859-253-2020.

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