Lexington police investigating shooting that left one person dead

Published: Nov. 21, 2021 at 7:16 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is dead after a late-night shooting in Lexington.

Police said it happened on E. Fifth Street at around 10:00 p.m. Saturday night.

Officers said they found a black car riddled with bullets, and inside was a man who was shot multiple times. The coroner identified the man as 28-year-old Pietro Swain. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“When she said Retro just got killed in front of his mother’s house, it was just so shocking to me. I couldn’t believe that was what she said. I even asked her, you’ve got to be kidding me. You’re lying. There’s just no way,” said friend Raven Brown.

Raven Brown met 28-year-old Pietro Swain when they were teenagers at Lafayette High School. He was known as Retro to most.

“People say he had a really retro, you know swag or drip.”

Brown said they clicked instantly. The two of them, plus their friend Kamal, have been close ever since.

“You know, we have our own lives now, and things like that. But we’ve all remained close. Sometimes we like to call us the three amigos.”

Which is why she couldn’t believe it when her sister called to tell her Swain had been killed Saturday night.

“30 minutes to an hour after it happened, I received a phone call. Because his girlfriend, and I guess his mother, were two of the people who discovered him outside of his mom’s house. His girlfriend was just hysterical, so she called her bestfriend and her bestfriend is my sister.”

Brown said the easiest way to describe Swain is through an anecdote where he literally gave her the shirt off his back. Wrapping her arm for her after she cut herself in an accident.

“It really did hit me like a train. He was so nice and so unproblematic. I never thought it would be him out of everybody. I thought she would have said somebody else.”

Right now, police do not have any suspects. They’re investigating the case as a homicide.

If confirmed, this would be Lexington’s 33rd homicide of the year.

Anyone information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at, or through the P3 tips app available at

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