Kentucky State University junior Patrick Dawson scored 13 points in a game earlier this week at the Exum Center, but only a few hours later, he became a gunshot victim.
Frankfort Police say 22-year-old Dawson was injured early yesterday morning while inside an apartment on Landings Drive a short distance from Kentucky State University's campus. He told investigators that he heard shots outside, then a bullet hit him in the shoulder. A woman inside the apartment who didn't want to go on camera told me she heard four or five shots, one of them coming through the back door, ricocheting off the wall, and hitting Dawson in the shoulder while he was in the living room. Back here on campus, students are shocked.
"It's kind of mind-boggling to me because he's a good kid, good character," says Charles Torain.
Torain says he's been friends with Dawson for a couple of years and incidents like this put the university in a negative light.
"It was really surprising. It's a shame that things like this have to happen because it actually taints our name and I just hate for that to happen because we're all trying to have the same goals. We're trying to graduate and be successful and it's just a shame that something like this has to occur here," he says.
Friends tell us Dawson's been released from the hospital and is back on campus, Major Fred Deaton with the Frankfort Police says he was lucky the injury wasn't worse.
"Oh absolutely, a couple more inches and it could have been a lot more severe than it was," he says.
Frankfort Police aren't sure if the bullet was meant for Dawson or if it was a random shot.
Police are asking anyone who may have information about this crime to call Frankfort Crime Stoppers at 502 875-8648 or on the web at www.frankfortcrimestoppers.com. Information may be given anonymously. Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case.