17-year-old girl injured in downtown shooting

A 17-year-old girl was injured Friday afternoon when shots were fired into a vehicle in which she was a passenger, police said.

Lexington police Lt. Scott May said the girl was shot in the shoulder and was in surgery just before 7 p.m. Friday.

While her injuries were serious, he said he did not think they were life-threatening.

May said police began receiving calls at about 3:30 p.m. about shots being fired from one vehicle toward another.

Police believe there was “some sort of altercation” involving the vehicles near Georgetown Road and Newtown Pike, and they continued east on Fourth Street toward downtown.

Shell casings were later recovered in the road at Broadway and Fourth.

The driver of the vehicle in which the girl was riding took her to a local hospital, where they were met by police. May said the driver of that vehicle was still being questioned later Friday night.

The vehicle from which the shots were fired had apparently not been located.

Police asked the public to avoid the area around Broadway and Fourth Street as they investigated during rush hour Friday.

Karla Ward is a native of Logan County who has worked as a reporter at the Herald-Leader for 18 years. She covers breaking news.