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A Lexington man has been arrested nearly three years after he allegedly shot and injured a man immediately after the victim was dropped off by an Uber vehicle.
Timothy Shelby, 25, was charged with assault and robbery last week following the violent 2016 attack.
At 6 a.m. on June 26, 2016, officers responded to the corner of North Limestone and East 7th Street, where they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, court records show.
The victim said he was dropped off by an Uber near the intersection and was approached by three men who showed handguns and directed him into an alley, according to an arrest citation. The men, including Shelby, took the victim’s phone and wallet, and one of the men told him to get on his knees, police said.
When the victim complied, Shelby pushed a gun to the back of his head and spoke in an aggressive manner, the victim told police. The victim then decided “to fight for his life” with Shelby while the other two ran away, police said.
During the altercation, Shelby allegedly shot the victim several times, according to police. Shelby fled on foot and the victim was located by a jogger a short time later, Shelby’s arrest citation stated.
The victim was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital’s emergency room with life-threatening injuries, police said. He recovered.
At the scene, police collected a piece of a shirt torn from the shooting suspect during his fight with the victim, according to the arrest citation. The shirt was tested for DNA and in 2018, Kentucky State Police confirmed DNA extracted from the shirt matched Shelby.
A warrant was issued for Shelby’s arrest and he was taken into custody by the Powell County sheriff’s department Friday, according to his citation.
It’s not clear if the other two men in the altercation were also charged.
Shelby has been moved to the Fayette County Detention Center.