Tip leads to arrest for shooting of preacher

Police say a tip to Crime Stoppers helped them make an arrest in a shooting that injured a central Kentucky preacher.

Lexington Police have charged 19-year-old Mekale Turpin with assault and wanton endangerment.

The victim, 73-year-old Harry Hargis, was hit by a stray bullet in Lexington April 6.

Police arrested Turpin April 7 for a probation violation.

After his arrest, police say a Crime Stoppers tip led them to charge Turpin for the shooting.

Hargis was driving down Georgetown Street when a bullet came through his windshield and hit him in the face.

Hargis had injuries to his mouth and teeth.

"When I saw what was around me, children playing and others driving down the street, God had to have a plan, and he did," Hargis said Tuesday.

Hargis is an associate pastor at Gano Baptist Church in Georgetown.

Hargis says while some people may loose faith after a random crime, his has been strengthened.

"I pray for that young man (Turpin), to have your life so messed up," Hargis said. "I just wish he knew Christ."

As the healing process continues for the pastor, he says paying the consequences are part of the process for Turpin.

"He has to be responsible for what he did, and if that involves time, he should do it," Hargis said.

Police say there have been several other reports of shots fired in the Georgetown Street area, but they say Turpin hasn't been involved with any other recent cases.

Turpin pleaded not guilty to assault and wanton endangerment Tuesday afternoon.

Your tips can help solve other crimes as well. You can call Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020.

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