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Two Detroit men wanted after shooting at Lexington middle school, police say

Randy Roberts, left, and Antonio Loyd
Randy Roberts, left, and Antonio Loyd Lexington police department

Two Detroit men were involved in a retaliation-driven plot that culminated in one of the suspects being shot outside a Southern Middle School football game, Lexington police said.

Warrants have been issued for Randy T. Roberts, 32, and Antonio Loyd, Jr., 20, who are accused of kidnapping, according to police.

On Sept. 28, shots were fired in the middle school’s parking lot during the football game, and a short time later, Loyd arrived at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said Thursday.

Loyd and Roberts confronted another person, whose identity wasn’t released, in the parking lot as retaliation for a prior altercation, Angel said. Loyd and Roberts are accused of kidnapping mutual acquaintances at gunpoint, forcing them to set up the meeting and drive the two to the school parking lot, according to police.

The school was placed on lockdown in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, police said last month. About 200 people were on campus for the football game, Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said.

“The quick thinking and reaction of staff and leadership made sure that students were safe,” he said last month.

“Investigators do not believe the shooting was connected to any students, parents or staff of the school, nor to any activities taking place on campus,” police said Thursday.

Though Roberts and Loyd are from Detroit, they currently reside in Lexington, Angel said. Loyd was arrested in Lexington last year on a conspiracy to traffic contraband charge.

Angel said there is no reason to believe that Roberts and Loyd have ties to Courtney Kidd, a Lexington man who was arrested in May in Michigan, police said. Jordan Yeast was killed May 7 and left in a car at an apartment building on Lake Shore Drive.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Roberts or Loyd is asked to contact police.

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 www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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