Crime

Employee shot and killed at Marathon gas station on Alexandria Drive

Can you help?: Lexington police released this surveillance image of a person of interest in the fatal shooting at the Marathon gas station on Alexandria Drive. The man was last seen in a gray Nissan on Alexandria Drive driving toward Versailles Road, police said. Anyone with information should call Lexington police at 258-3600.
Can you help?: Lexington police released this surveillance image of a person of interest in the fatal shooting at the Marathon gas station on Alexandria Drive. The man was last seen in a gray Nissan on Alexandria Drive driving toward Versailles Road, police said. Anyone with information should call Lexington police at 258-3600.

Lexington police are looking for a man who witnesses saw leaving the scene after a convenience store clerk was shot and killed in broad daylight Monday.

A customer found the victim, who has not been identified by police, when she went into the Marathon Station at 1768 Alexandria Drive just after 3 p.m.

The employee, who was lying unresponsive behind the counter, had been shot in the chest, said Lt. Eric Lowe of Lexington police.

Lowe said he was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Lowe said the employee had been working alone at the time of the shooting, which also involved a robbery.

Detectives want to question a white man wearing a camouflage jacket or fleece who witnesses saw leaving the scene just before police were called.

The man was wearing a dark toboggan with red ear flaps, blue jeans, black gloves and gray sneakers. He was seen driving away on Alexandria Drive toward Versailles Road in a gray Nissan passenger car.

After witnesses described the man, Lowe said police were able to locate a surveillance image of him.

This is Lexington's 20th homicide of 2013, said Sherelle Roberts, spokeswoman for Lexington police.

That's more than Lexington typically has. Lexington had 14 homicides last year, 15 in 2011, 19 in 2010, 18 in 2009, 16 in 2008 and 15 in 2007.

Monday's shooting follows a string of robberies at Lexington gas stations, but Lowe said there is nothing to suggest it is connected to the other incidents.

Three armed men with bandannas over their faces robbed the Marathon on North Broadway Nov. 21.

On Nov. 25, three men with similar descriptions shot an 18-year-old clerk at the Pantry Fresh Market on Squires Road during an attempted robbery, police said. And the owner of the Marathon Food Mart on Winchester Road shot a would-be robber on Nov. 22.

"This is a time of year that there are more of them," Lowe said of the robberies.

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