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Three Lexington shootings that injured four were unrelated, police say

Three shootings in north Lexington that sent four people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning were unrelated, police said.

The first shooting unfolded about 2 p.m. Tuesday on La Salle Road, where witnesses reported 2 were injured in a shooting, according to a Lexington police news release. The shooting on La Salle Road began as an altercation, police said.

One man with life-threatening injuries was found by police on La Salle Road, but others involved in the shooting had left the scene, police said. Some fled in a black Dodge Magnum. The man with life-threatening injuries was taken by city EMS to the hospital.

A short time later, more shots were reported at the intersection of New Circle and Russell Cave roads, police said. The people involved in that shooting were the ones that had fled from La Salle Road, police said.

One of the men involved in the La Salle Road shooting arrived at a hospital a short while later in the black Dodge Magnum, police said. Information on the man’s condition was not available; names have not been released.

Police said charges are anticipated, but information from witnesses would help.. Anyone with information on the shooting on La Salle Road or at New Circle and Russell Cave roads were asked to call police at 859-258-3600.

About two hours later on Lima Drive, which is about two miles from La Salle Road, another shooting was reported.

When police arrived, they found Omari Sweat, 21, lying in a Dollar Store Plus parking lot with gunshot wounds, police said. Sweat also was taken to the hospital by city paramedics.

Police said they looked for suspect Codie Calderon, 23, and eventually found the vehicle Calderon was reportedly driving, police said.

It was on Lin Wal Drive and was full of bullet holes, Lexington police Sgt. Ann Welch said.

Calderon was later found in the area of Buena Vista Road and Thunderstick Drive, police said. He had a firearm.

Calderon has been charged with first-degree assault, receiving stolen property (the firearm) and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said. He was taken to the Fayette County Jail.

Sweat was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with physical evidence for attempting to dispose of the firearm before police arrived on Lima Drive.

A fourth person was injured by gunfire in an unrelated shooting on Hollow Creek Road, Lexington police said.

A woman showed up about 1 a.m. Wednesday at Central Baptist Hospital, about an hour and a half after she was shot in the leg, police said.

The woman, whose injury was considered minor, told police she knew the man who shot her, Welch said. An argument led to the shooting.

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