Crime

Shooting paralyzed 11-year-old birthday girl and put 40 holes in a house. Suspect is accused in second shooting.

Carlos Jenkins is charged in connection with a shooting June 13 that left an 11-year-old girl paralyzed from the chest down. In a hearing Tuesday, a police detective testified that he’s the suspect in a second shooting.
Carlos Jenkins is charged in connection with a shooting June 13 that left an 11-year-old girl paralyzed from the chest down. In a hearing Tuesday, a police detective testified that he’s the suspect in a second shooting. meads@herald-leader.com

The man accused in a shooting last month that left an 11-year-old girl paralyzed might have also been involved in a hit-and-run and shooting 15 minutes later, a Lexington police detective testified Tuesday.

After hearing detective Robert Wilson’s testimony Tuesday in a preliminary hearing, Fayette District Judge Kim Wilkie sent the case of Carlos Jenkins, 23, to a grand jury. Wilkie also increased Jenkins’ bail to $100,000.

Jenkins is charged with complicity to first-degree assault, tampering with evidence and 10 counts wanton endangerment, according to court documents. Just before 3 a.m. June 13, shots were fired at a house on Carneal Road, according to police. The officers found the girl with a gunshot wound in her lower back, Wilson testified Tuesday. The house had been shot about 40 times.

The girl, who was at a birthday sleepover, was paralyzed from the chest down, according to police. She turned 12 the next day.

About 15 minutes after the shooting, police were called to a second shooting on Walden Drive, Wilson said. A man had been at the Thorntons gas station on Walden Drive when a blue hatchback backed into his car and drove away.

That man followed the hatchback to take down the car’s license plate number, Wilson said. The man told officers that shortly after he started following the vehicle, a passenger leaned out of it and fired shots in his direction.

Shell casings found on Walden Drive were consistent with more than 36 shells found on Carneal Road. Witnesses in both places told police that the shooter was in a blue hatchback, Wilson said.

A few days after the shootings, cellphone video was taken of a group of men in the 3900 block of Crosby Drive cleaning a blue Nissan Versa, Wilson said. The men were wearing yellow gloves and wiping down the doors of the vehicle, and one of them was identified as Jenkins, the detective testified.

Wilson said Tuesday that more charges could be filed, but he didn’t specify any other suspects or charges.

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