A man was in critical condition after being shot Monday morning outside the Wal-Mart in Manchester, police say.
Richard Lawson and Michael Edwards, 32, have been engaged in a land dispute for several years and were scheduled to appear in Clay District Court on Monday morning, said Patrick Robinson, assistant chief for the Manchester Police Department.
Before the appointed time, the men ran into each other at Wal-Mart, Robinson said. He said one man was there to do some Christmas shopping and the other to print photographs.
He said Lawson and Edwards got into an argument that escalated to a physical altercation in the parking lot.
Lawson was lying on the ground after the fight and Edwards left in a vehicle, only to return in less than a minute. He got out of the vehicle and shot Lawson twice in the abdomen, Robinson said.
Police were called at 9:36 a.m., and Lawson was taken first to a local hospital and then to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
Edwards was being held Monday night in the Clay County Detention Center on a charge of attempted murder and three counts of wanton endangerment.