Crime

Man dies after south Lexington shooting in 2nd homicide this year

A man has died after being found shot inside a south Lexington home Sunday night, the Fayette County Coroner’s Office announced Monday.

Carl Garner, Jr, 19, was discovered at a home on River Park Drive by a family member, according to police. Damage to the house consistent to gunfire was also found, police said.

It was not clear if Garner was shot inside or outside the home. Garner was transported to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital where he died shortly after 9:30 p.m, the coroner’s office said.

An autopsy was performed Monday by the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort, according to the coroner’s office. Information on suspects was not available.

Sunday’s killing, which occurred one day before Lexington named Lawrence Weathers as the new police chief, is the second homicide in Lexington this year. The first homicide, which was still unsolved as of Monday, was on Jan. 20. The victim was Myron Wilkerson, 37, who was found on Dakota Street, off West Seventh Street. He was taken to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he died.

Lexington homicides are down compared to this time last year, according to data from Lexington police. There were three homicides by Feb. 5, 2017.

There were 28 homicides last year, a city record.

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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