Crime

Robbery victim fights back; shooting reported downtown, Lexington police say

Police said a shooting in downtown Lexington Saturday night appeared to be the result of a robbery victim fighting back.

The shooting occurred on East Second Street between Jefferson Street and North Broadway at 9:23 p.m.

Police officers responding to calls of shots fired found a man with a gunshot wound, Lt. Sam Murdock said. He was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Detectives were interviewing the person who reportedly shot him, Murdock said. That man remained at the scene until police arrived. He told officers he shot somebody who was trying to rob him.

Murdock said the victim of the robbery appeared to have been sitting in a parked car when someone approached him with a gun drawn. The victim apparently pulled his own gun and fired.

Two guns were recovered at the scene, Murdock said.

Few other details were released, including the names of the two men involved.

Detectives and patrol officers were interviewing neighbors and collecting evidence to corroborate the shooter's story. No charges had been filed as of 11:30 p.m.

East Second Street was closed Saturday night into Sunday morning while police investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (859) 258-3600

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