Crime

Few leads in fatal shooting on Tatesbrook Drive

A man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the driveway of this Tatesbrook Drive home Tuesday night and later died at UK hospital. It was Lexington's 11th homicide this year.
A man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the driveway of this Tatesbrook Drive home Tuesday night and later died at UK hospital. It was Lexington's 11th homicide this year.

Lexington police have few leads in a shooting that left a Lexington man dead Tuesday night in the city's 11th homicide of the year.

Lt. James Curless said detectives are asking the public to notify police if they know any details about the shooting death of Taiwan Hart.

Hart, 34, was found with multiple gunshot wounds on Tatesbrook Drive at 10:03 p.m. He was pronounced dead about 10:30 p.m. at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Officers were called to 1124 Tatesbrook Drive, off Appian Way near Tates Creek Road, about 10 p.m. when Hart's girlfriend called to report that he had been shot.

When officers arrived, Hart was lying in the driveway.

Police have said Hart did not live at the home where he was found.

Witnesses did not provide many details.

"Witnesses observed a male, black, fleeing from the area on foot. The suspect was described as being dressed in dark clothing," Curless said in a statement Wednesday.

Kevin Wente, who lives across the street from the home where the shooting occurred, said in an interview Wednesday that he did not see the shooter, but that he heard the gunshots, saw the victim lying on the ground and called 911.

"Five to six shots rang out," said Wente. "I immediately knew that it wasn't fireworks. I told the officer that interviewed me that it sounded like a large caliber weapon."

Funeral arrangements are being handled by O.L. Hughes and Sons Mortuary in Lexington. Immediate family members declined to comment Wednesday through funeral home officials.

Hart's criminal record dates back to 1996, according to state administrative office of the courts records.

In 2008, Hart was charged with possession of cocaine, but pleaded guilty to third degree possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

In 2003, he was convicted of theft by unlawful taking, fourth-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and being a persistent felony offender. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

It was unclear from court records when Hart was released.

In 2002, he was convicted of third-degree possession of a controlled substance and was given two years probation.

In 1996, he pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine and was sentenced to five years in prison.

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