Crime

Lexington police document reveals details about fatal shooting of college student

The person who shot and killed a 19-year-old college student and injured her friend Monday tried to shoot a third person while fleeing the Lexington apartment where the attack occurred, according to a complaint filed with police.

Lexington police had not made arrests Tuesday evening in the slaying of Tommisha Taylor and the shooting of her friend, Trayvon "Trey" Williams, 20.

Williams, who was shot in the head, was listed in serious condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Tuesday.

According to the document, "unknown suspects" entered the apartment on Thoroughbred Way about 5 a.m. Monday. Three people were injured — Taylor and Williams were shot, and a third person sustained an abrasion.

Four people were in the apartment at the time: Taylor; Williams; Stefon Lee Johnson, 49; and Taylor's mother, Karen Taylor, 44, who family members said Tuesday was the apartment's primary renter.

Tommisha Taylor did not live at the apartment — she was studying fashion and design at an art college in Cincinnati and recently returned to Lexington for summer vacation, friends have said.

Friends have said Taylor, Lexington's 10th homicide victim this year, was studious, quiet and did not get into trouble.

"This kid was going to college, trying to make something of herself," friend Nancy Roberts said Monday.

The apartment is a new unit built on the site of the old Bluegrass Aspendale housing complex, near William Wells Brown Elementary School.

Police are reviewing video surveillance, the document said, probably taken from a security camera on the front of the apartment complex. A description of the shooters has been given to police but had not been released Tuesday.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts asked anyone with information to call the police at (859) 258-3600. Tips may be left anonymously by calling Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.

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