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Neighbors fed up after fourth shooting in Lexington neighborhood

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police are searching for the gunman responsible for a shooting in an area ridden with crime.

"Drugs. Prostitution. People travel in and out of that house at all times of the day and night," says Felicia Horton, a neighbor.

Around 6:15 Wednesday morning, police were called to a home on Ash Street. Neighbors tell WKYT the house has been a constant source of trouble.

"Not surprised at all," Horton says. "Looked out my door, saw the police, saw where they were standing and just shook my head and said 'here we go again.'"

A 62-year-old man who lives at the home told police that he got a knock at his door by an acquaintance. Police say the homeowner let that person in willingly, but eventually the acquaintance pulled out a gun and shot the man from behind.

Horton says, "You know, it's not an affluent neighborhood. We don't have $200,000 homes in the area. But you know what? We have hard working people, elderly couples and families in this neighborhood and we want protection just like everybody else."

This is the fourth shooting incident on Ash Street just this year. Despite efforts by the city and police, it only adds to a string of violence.

"Meetings are fine. Rallies are wonderful. But let's actually do something because nothing is getting done. Unless the citizens of this city get together and start cooperating and helping the police to get this stuff under control, nothing is going to happen."

The victim in this case was taken to UK Hospital. Police say he is expected to survive.

Investigators only have a limited description of the suspect at this time. They have not released any details about a motive for the shooting.


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