One charged after man dies in 1 of 2 unrelated Lexington shootings

Jesse Ray Nance, Jr.
Jesse Ray Nance, Jr.

A Lexington man was charged with murder in one of two unrelated shootings early Saturday in or near downtown Lexington, police said.

Jesse Ray Nance Jr., 32, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after police found a 48-year-old man dead from a shotgun wound inside a house on the 500 block of Chestnut Street around 2:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Lexington Police Department.

A female was also found outside the home with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to the release. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Officers heard shots fired inside the home and saw Nance with a shotgun, the release reads. Nance dropped the shotgun and was taken into custody without incident.

Nance and the dead man knew each other and had been in a fight on Friday, the release stated.

The dead man’s name will be released by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

Another shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. on Esplanade off Main Street, near the Kentucky Theatre, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner.

Two people showed up at emergency rooms with gunshot wounds, WKYT reported.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is asked to contact Lexington 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

Nance was being held on a $7,500 bond according to the jail website.