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Woman, 19, was not the intended target in Lexington’s 20th homicide this year, police say

Montash Jackson
Montash Jackson Fayette County Detention Center

A 19-year-old woman who died of a gunshot wound was hit by accident during a dispute between two other women, police said.

Jasmir Allen died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital at 11:36 p.m., according to the Fayette County coroner. She is Lexington’s 20th homicide of the year.

Lexington police found Allen with an upper extremity wound after they were called to 1749 Liberty Road, the Liberty Heights apartment complex, over shots fired about 10:50 p.m., police said. The apartment is on the section of Liberty between Winchester and New Circle roads.

Montash Jackson, 20, was at the home when police arrived, and she told officers she shot Allen, according to police. She said she fired in self-defense.

However, Allen wasn’t the target, police said later Monday. Jackson and another woman had been involved in an ongoing dispute that escalated, police said. Allen was struck when Jackson fired several rounds in the direction of the woman with whom Jackson had been arguing.

Jackson was charged with murder and four counts of wanton endangerment. She was put in the Fayette County Detention Center.

It was the second homicide of the weekend in Lexington. On Friday, Charon Alexander was fatally shot outside a home on Camelot Drive.

Allen was the second woman to be killed this year in Lexington. Gunfire caused all but one of the 20 homicides, according to police data. The 19 fatal shootings matches last year’s total for gun deaths.

In 2017’s record-breaking year of 28 homicides, there were just 11 by July 30 and the 20th did not occur until Sept. 14.

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