Man shot in back outside Lexington strip club; city's second shooting in 24 hours

A man was shot in the back and seriously wounded early Thursday outside a strip club, Lexington police said.

Darion Morgan, 22, suffered a life-threatening injury but was expected to live, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Police charged Morgan with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, based on evidence recovered outside the strip club, Roberts said.

It was the second shooting in Lexington in a little more than 24 hours.

Police Lt. Clay Combs said an investigation began after Morgan turned up at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital about 3:10 a.m. Thursday with a gunshot wound.

The victim's stepbrother, who took him to the hospital, told police Morgan had been shot at Diamonds Gentlemen's Club on Winchester Road, Combs said.

A disturbance was reported at the club about 20 minutes earlier, and it was probably related to the shooting, Combs said.

Roberts said a witness told officers that Morgan went outside to smoke. When Morgan didn't return, the witness looked for Morgan and found him lying wounded in the parking lot, Roberts said.

Investigating officers found two shell casings and traces of blood in the parking lot, Roberts said.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the shooting of a man early Wednesday in Martin Luther King Park near Winburn Drive.

In that case, the man told police he was walking through the park about 1:40 a.m. when a man dressed in black shot him in the shoulder. The victim was later treated at UK.