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Man shot on Lexington street dies

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Lexington Police have launched a homicide investigation after a man shot on East Loudon Avenue died. They collected bullet shell casings and searched for any clues after the shooting in broad daylight.

"We were called out here to Loudon Avenue just before three O'clock, today, for what was originally called in as someone standing in the street firing a handgun," explained Lt. Chris Van Brackel, of the Lexington Police Department.

Those shots hit 19-year-old Christopher Thongs, of Lexington, in the torso. He died less than an hour later at U.K. Hospital.

"We were down there sitting on the porch, me and a few people and we heard a few gun shots, about three or four gun shots," recalled one witness, who did not want to be identified.

"The victim was shot in one location, then tried to leave or flee away from the person that shot him, and then ended up collapsing in another location," shared Lt. Van Brackel.

Investigators were able to question some witnesses from the area, and say they are looking for two suspects, but finding these men hasn't been easy.

"A lot of people were outside. We had several people call 9-1-1 and they were describing several people running away. But the problem is we don't know if the people that they saw running away were just innocent bystanders, that heard gunfire and ran, or if they were people that were involved," said Lt. Van Brackel.

While police are looking for two men, the descriptions they were given were raw.

Still this scene is a rare one for this Lexington block.

"This is usually a peaceful block. Everybody gets along all right," stated Charles Morton, who runs a shop just down the street from the shooting.

"It's just unbelievable, really," said one witness.

While it may be unbelievable, it won't soon be forgotten that today, a young man lost his life in the middle of their street, in broad daylight.

So far, police have not made any arrests in the case.


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