Bell county community in shock after shooting

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It is a crime that rocked this small community to its core. Neighbors heard the shots Thursday afternoon and ran to help 18 year old Deverex Wilder.

"I was there with him before long. I was there until the ambulance came. He was conscious and talking," said neighbor Rick Kincade.

Kentucky State Police said Kenneth Carter, 53, shot Wilder in front of his family, at their home on Hurst Hollow Road. They believe the argument was over a debt.

"There was evidence to believe that it could have possibly been drug debts, some sort of drug transaction that there was a debt owed on, and that's what led to the shooting," said Micky Hatmaker of the Kentucky State Police.

Police do not think Wilder was the man Carter was trying to find.

"We have reason to believe that the guy the he shot was not his intended victim that he went there for," said Hatmaker.

Neighbors were shaken up by what happened.

"I feel angry and sad and frustrated because what happened to Rex he did not deserve," said neighbor Annette Kincaid.

But they are ready to welcome him back home.

"I'm going to be there for him when he gets home. It looks like we are going to have a lot of time to hang out and play music," said Rick Kincade.

Neighbors tell us Wilder underwent surgery Thursday, with another one planned for Friday in Knoxville.

We called the Bell County Detention Center Thursday morning to see if Kenneth Carter wanted to talk to us about the shooting. He declined our request for an interview.

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