Crime

23-year-old man is Lexington's latest homicide victim

An apartment complex sits at 3645 Appian Way where Lexington's latest homicide occurred July 3. Napolean Javon Johnson, 23, of Lexington died after being shot in the neck, according to police reports.
An apartment complex sits at 3645 Appian Way where Lexington's latest homicide occurred July 3. Napolean Javon Johnson, 23, of Lexington died after being shot in the neck, according to police reports.

A 23-year-old man who died early Sunday in Lexington after being shot was "not the type that has enemies," a friend said.

Napolean Javon Johnson of Lexington was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital at 12:22 a.m., according to the Fayette County coroner's office.

Police records indicate Johnson was shot in the neck.

Previously, the city had recorded at least 11 homicides this year.

About 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Johnson was taken to Central Baptist Hospital by a family member, Lexington police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said. Central Baptist tried to stabilize Johnson before the fire department took him to UK, Van Brackel said.

Police determined the shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. Saturday at an apartment complex at 3645 Appian Way.

Amarya Hayden, a close friend of Johnson who lives in the apartment complex, said Johnson was friends with many others who lived there.

"He's not the type that has enemies," Hayden said. "I'm hoping it's just a case of mistaken identity."

She said Johnson was a "real friend" with whom she could have conversations and share secrets. She called Johnson smart and "a scholar," and said he was studying to be a building trades technician at the College for Technical Education on Centre Parkway. Hayden said she had seen Johnson shortly before the shooting, and he was waiting for a ride.

The night was quiet at the apartment complex, and not many people were outside, she said. She drove to Tates Creek Center, and when she returned, police were at the complex.

"We were ready to go out and have some fun for the night," Hayden said.

What she will miss most about Johnson is "the way his smile lit up my soul when he was around," Hayden said

The shooting on Appian Way was one of four that had occurred in Lexington since Friday. The first was between 5 p.m. Friday and 1:15 a.m. Saturday, police records show. A 24-year-old man was shot in the leg by an unknown suspect at Centre Parkway and Milano Road.

Just before 5 a.m. Saturday, at Georgetown Street and Bright Avenue, a 35-year-old man was shot in the leg. He was in fair condition at UK Hospital on Sunday.

At 3:07 p.m. Sunday, an officer was flagged down by a 56-year-old man, Van Brackel said. The man said he had been walking on the sidewalk on North Limestone when a man in his 20s with a black semi-automatic handgun stopped him and demanded money. When the victim said he didn't have any money, the robber shot him in the foot and ran off, Van Brackel said.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings, Van Brackel said.

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