Lexington police: Drunk woman found with gunshot wound in apartment

Lexington police found a 32-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to one shoulder early Tuesday, but she was drunk and couldn't explain who shot her or where the shooting occurred, officers said. Drug use was suspected, they said.

Police responded to a report of shots fired on the 300 block of Ross Avenue, off West Third Street in downtown, about 3:30 a.m. A man who lived there flagged down officers to complain that a woman was using drugs in his apartment and refused to leave, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

As officers entered the apartment, "the woman swallowed an unknown substance so it could not be taken into evidence," Roberts said.

The man and the woman gave changing stories to police about what happened, but neither implicated him as the shooter, Roberts said. A gun wasn't found in the apartment, Roberts said. No charges were filed.

Police took the woman, whom they did not identify, to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital to treat a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and to examine her stomach for whatever she swallowed.

"It was clear to us this situation was not random, and it was drug-related," Roberts said.