Pike Co. man recovering after weekend shooting

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

VIRGIE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Pike County man is in critical condition after being shot, and police are still searching for the shooter.

Police say Kelly Bentley was shot in his home early Saturday morning, but the shooter got away leaving some in the community worried.

Bentley's neighbors say none of it makes any sense.

"When I found out it shocked me. No, not Kelly," said Margie Robinson. She said she has known Bentley his whole life.

Police found Bentley in his home on Booker Fork in Pike County, shot in the abdomen.

"Bentley had had a verbal argument with another male subject," said KSP Trooper Shaun Little.

The identity of the other man remains a mystery to most, but police say they believe they know who he is and are searching for him.

"He's in this general area. The troopers are trying to locate him. The weapon is still with him to the best of our knowledge," said Trooper Little.

But police do not believe he poses any threat to anyone else.

"We look at this as an argument between the two so once he left the scene we don't see him as a risk to the general public," said Trooper Little.

Bentley's neighbors say he has lived in that trailer for nearly 15 years, and they say there has never been any trouble until now.

"I would have thought anybody on Booker besides Kelly because he was such a good boy," said Robinson.

They do not understand why this would happen to a man they say is not just a neighbor but a friend.

"It makes you wonder, why him? And others going around doing everything in the world and getting nothing done to them," said Robinson

Bentley was last listed Monday afternoon in critical condition at Pikeville Medical Center.

Police plan to charge the shooter with first degree assault.

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