Two men are dead after separate shootings Tuesday night and early Wednesday, according to Lexington police.
The fatal shootings were the 17th and 18th homicides in Lexington this year, according to Lexington crime data. The city set a record last year with 34. At this point in 2020, Lexington had reported 12 homicides for the year.
Police found the first shooting victim around 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, according to Lt. Ronald Keaton. The victim was a 28-year-old man who had been shot and left in a vehicle in the 200 block of Hedgewood Court in the Woodhill area.
Police were initially called to the area for a report of a man slumped over in a vehicle, but officers discovered the man had been shot to death. Keaton said it was unclear how long the victim had been there.
The Fayette county coroner’s office hadn’t released the name of the victim as of Wednesday afternoon.
Shooting outside Lexington ‘men’s club’ kills another
The city’s second overnight shooting occurred outside The Office, a gentleman’s club in the 900 block of Winchester Road.
Keaton said police were called to the location around 2:35 a.m. for a report of shots fired outside. The victim was already dead when officers arrived, Keaton said. He said it was unclear if the victim or anyone involved in the shooting was a patron at the club.
Police didn’t have any suspect information as of Wednesday morning, but investigators may get more information since the shooting happened in a public area.
“I think they’re hoping to interview some witnesses and look for surveillance,” Keaton said. “There’s usually some good surveillance in that area.”
Police later said the victim was 43 years old. The coroner’s office hadn’t released the name as of Wednesday afternoon.
The building was previously home to the Fox Club, where a 27-year-old woman was shot and killed in 2019.
Police said they were actively investigating both cases Wednesday morning. Anyone with information about this case was asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com.