Two UK students shot outside Lexington bar

By: Andy Cunningham, Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Andy Cunningham, Melissa Etezadi Email

Two UK students suffered serious injuries early Friday morning after police say they were shot outside a downtown Lexington bar.

Police say 25-year-old Jerrad Grider, a junior at UK, was shot in the stomach while sitting outside Silks Lounge on Mill Street, near Cheapside Park.

Another student, whose name has not been released, was shot in the eye as he sat outside of Silks Lounge.

Lexington Police say around 1:45 a.m., a bartender kicked two men out of the bar.

Witnesses say the two men then walked up the street, and moments later, turned around and fired two shots towards the bar.

"Stood right over here right at North Mill, about 10 feet, and shot at a crowd of about 15 people and hit one of them," witness Jonathan Britton said.

Officers found two shell casings in a nearby parking lot, where witnesses say the suspects fired from.

Police and witnesses both think the shooting was random.

"I don't think it was targeted at one single person. I think it was targeted at the whole group," Britton said.

Grider, who was last listed in fair condition at UK Hospital, is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences at UK.

His mother talked to 27 NEWSFIRST, and said Grider is out of surgery, and in recovery.

"You're thinking the worst, you know exactly what they're having to do. When they go in there, it was scary,"Debbie Grider said. "My nephew is in Afghanistan and I've worried he's gonna get injured. But then to have my son that's been shot, is just, I didn't even dream about that happening.

"Such a relief that he's okay. Most important thing," Debbie Grider said of her son.

Police have not made any arrests yet for the shooting.

They say the suspects are two black men, between 25 and 30 years old.

One suspect had corn rows in his hair, and was wearing a striped shirt.

The other suspect was around 5'10", and had on a red hoodie.

The Silks Lounge is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

You can also call in tips to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, at 859-253-2020.

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