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Recent Dunbar grad, 19, dies in Lexington’s 3rd fatal shooting since Saturday

Police investigated the scene of a collision on Woodhill Drive near Mulberry Drive, which they thought might be related to a shooting Thursday night at Woodhill Park. The shooting victim, Christian Gomez, 19, died later Thursday night.
Police investigated the scene of a collision on Woodhill Drive near Mulberry Drive, which they thought might be related to a shooting Thursday night at Woodhill Park. The shooting victim, Christian Gomez, 19, died later Thursday night. kward1@herald-leader.com

The 19-year-old man who died after he was found shot in Woodhill Park was a 2016 Paul Laurence Dunbar High School graduate.

Christian Gomez died shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County coroner’s office.

Gomez’s death is the third fatal Lexington shooting in a week. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the killing of Robert “Bobby” Durrum, 15, who died of multiple gunshot wounds just after midnight Thursday. Robert Cowan Jr., 38, died Sunday after he was shot outside Lexington’s King Cobra Motorcycle Club on Saturday night.

Bobby was a Lafayette freshman, and Gomez was a Dunbar graduate, Fayette schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said.

Gomez was found on the ground near a parking lot about 8:30 p.m. Thursday by a Lexington police officer responding to a call about shots fired, police said.

Gomez was shot in the head, according to police spokeswoman Brenna Angel.

Police are investigating whether a hit-and-run collision a short distance away at Woodhill Drive and Peachtree Road is related to the shooting, Angel said. The crash was reported as officers arrived at the scene of the shooting.

The crash involved an older model black Mitsubishi Eclipse, police said.

Police Lt. Corey Doane said Thursday night that an abandoned vehicle was found farther up Larkwood Drive from the park. The park is at 457 Larkwood Drive.

Police asked anyone with information about Thursday’s shooting 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 Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

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