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Gunfire, arrests shake Lexington's Chevy Chase neighborhood

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For the second time in a few weeks, Lexington police say gunfire broke out when they were trying to break up a large, unruly crowd outside a bar.

Investigators tell us it happened on Euclid Avenue, where last month another large crowd turned violent.

"Everybody is frustrated, nobody feels safe," she said.

Deborah, who asked that we only use her first name, says many people who live in the Chevy Chase neighborhood are on edge after gunfire shook the area early Sunday morning.

"It's very concerning. We can't have people firing guns in the street," said neighbor John Herzog.

Investigators tell us about 3 a.m. they arrested 25-year-old Lamar Franklin and 18-year-old Raekwon Burse for disorderly conduct outside the Art Bar.

Police say someone fired nine gunshots as they were making the arrests.

Investigators tell us they tracked down the shooter, 24-year-old Lindell Murphy, who was hiding behind the bar and arrested him.

Lindell was charged with wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence as well as fleeing and evading police.

"Here we are again," said Deborah.

She tells us she's frustrated because this happened last month when police tried to break up another rowdy crowd outside the Art Bar.

Investigators say about three weeks ago 27-year-old Kirby Caldwell fired several gunshots near a large crowd and then tried to run over two police officers in a SUV.

Police say they arrested him when they found him a few weeks later.

Since then, there has been a hearing about closing the bar earlier.

We're told Lexington’s Board of Adjustment ruled that the bar must start closing at 1 a.m.

However, we're told that decision may be on hold because there may be an appeal to the circuit court.

We left a message for the art bar owner but we haven't heard back from him yet.


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