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Lexington sees first homicide of 2012 at apartment off Eastland Parkway

Gambino August was an acquaintance of Natalie Liles, according to court records.
Gambino August was an acquaintance of Natalie Liles, according to court records.

Lexington's first homicide of 2012 took place in an apartment complex off Eastland Parkway early Sunday less than five hours into the new year.

Gambino August, 44, has been charged with murder in the death of a woman who was found in a unit at Continental Square Apartments, 1521 Continental Square.

Police were called to the complex about 4:50 a.m. to investigate a report that shots had been fired. When they arrived, they found "one female victim," according to a news release from the Division of Police.

The woman was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The Fayette County Coroner's Office did not release her name and cause of death Sunday because the woman's family had not been notified.

August was arrested at the scene. He was interviewed by police and held in the Fayette County Detention Center, police said. His relationship with the victim was not immediately known.

Court documents for August had not been filed Sunday.

The death was the first homicide in Lexington in more than two months. The last one occurred in October, when the body of Vincent Miles, 34, was found on the porch of a vacant house on Elm Tree Lane.

Despite a rash of 14 shootings in October — during which 11 people were wounded but Miles was the only fatality — Lexington had fewer homicides in 2011 than in recent years.

Detectives investigated 15 homicides in 2011, according to the Division of Police, compared to 19 in 2010, 18 in 2009 and 16 in 2008. There were 15 homicides in 2007.

The past year got off to a quick start; 11 of the 15 homicides occurred during the six months of the year. Nine of those deaths were gun-related, and one was a beating.

In total, 13 of this year's homicide victims were shot. Twelve victims were male and three were female.

Police were still seeking information from the public about Sunday's shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600 or the robbery/homicide unit at (859) 258-3700.

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