Crime

Man dies after being shot at apartments on Lexington's Augusta Court

Lexington Police officers on the scene of a shooting in the 1700 block of Augusta Ct.  in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, December 18, 2014. A male was shot around 9:30 a.m. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Lexington Police officers on the scene of a shooting in the 1700 block of Augusta Ct. in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, December 18, 2014. A male was shot around 9:30 a.m. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

A man died after being shot Thursday morning on Augusta Court in Lexington.

The man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of his relatives, was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County coroner's office. The coroner was investigating the man's death as a homicide, and an autopsy was scheduled Friday at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said that although police had determined the circumstances surrounding the shooting, no arrests had been made Thursday. She declined to release details.

Officers were gathering information at Augusta Arms, the scene of the shooting. Augusta Drive turns into Augusta Court, and the road is near Eastland Parkway. The Augusta Arms complex includes several apartment buildings along Augusta Court.

Police went to the apartments after residents reported hearing multiple gunshots about 9:30 a.m. and found a wounded man outside one of the apartment buildings.

Mark Sullivan, who said he lives in the apartment complex, said he was inside Thursday morning when he heard three loud bangs that he presumed were gunshots. When he went outside a few minutes later, Sullivan said, he saw a firefighter performing CPR on a man on the sidewalk. The man was at the top of some steps on a paved walkway running between buildings in the Augusta Arms complex, Sullivan said.

Police Lt. Mark Brand said the man was found in front of an apartment building. However, officers initially weren't sure whether the shooting occurred there or in one of the buildings, he said. It also wasn't clear whether the victim lived at the complex or was visiting.

Sullivan said he thought the man did not live in the complex.

The Augusta Court shooting is Lexington's 18th homicide of the year. Ten have been solved.

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