Lexington police increasing patrols after third shooting in two days

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police plan to start stepping up their patrols in the Duncan Park neighborhood after they say a 21-year-old man was shot in the head in the crowded park.

He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Investigators say because the man was shot about 6:30 Sunday evening, with a crowd of people nearby, they don't know if the victim was the shooters intended target.

It's the third shooting in Lexington in two days.

Saturday night a man was shot in the shoulder and the leg near a birthday party on Versailles Road.

Police arrested Gustavo Hernandez in connection to the shooting. He's charged with first-degree assault and tampering with evidence. Carlos Campos is also facing charges.

Sunday night a man told police he was shot in the foot on Smith Street when he refused to give someone money.

Police say they saw an uptick in violence, especially at Duncan Park, when things started warming up this time last year.

Jeffrey White, the director of The Nest, the daycare that sits next to the park, is worried about the violence.

"I was surprised to hear of it, it's concerning that they still haven't found the shooters, that's actually very scary," said White.

Police say they are checking nearby businesses for surveillance video that could help lead them to their suspects.

Police are searching for four to five men who were seen leaving the park in a dark purple or black Pontiac Grand Am.

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