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Man shot in the head outside restaurant

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

Police were out this morning putting together bits and pieces of the crime scene where a man was shot after a private party at the newly opened branch of Mi Pequena Hacienda.

Police say the restaurant was rented out to a group, and their party went into the early morning hours. But as some began to leave, violence erupted into gunshots.

"As they were exiting the building, a fight broke out. Subsequently there were several people who had firearms who started shooting. One individual was struck in the head," said Kevin Grimes with Nicholasville Police.

We now know the man shot was Howard Jones. Police say he was rushed to UK Hospital to be treated. He is listed in critical condition.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident, Fred Lester and Mindy Wilkerson, both from Lexington.
They have been charged with wanton endangerment for firing during the shootout.
Police say this doesn't appear to be a random act of violence.

"This was a situation where folks did know each other in there," said Grimes.

Police say the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
They say more arrests are possible.

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