Person hurt in shooting, Lexington Children’s Theatre damaged by bullets

Lexington police are still looking for information about a shooting downtown Monday night.
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 10:12 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police are still looking for information about a shooting downtown Monday night. They said one person was hurt after they were shot on West Short Street. The nearby children’s theater also took a few hits.

A group of people who were downtown for Lexington’s Fourth of July fireworks show said every time they go out downtown, or in any crowded situation, they go in with a game plan.

They make a buddy system, stick in a large group, constantly check social media, and they even said if they see people running, they run too, no questions asked.

“We learned, I think, alongside with the rest of the community what happened last night down here on Short Street,” said Jeremy Kisling, the producing artistic director of the Lexington Children’s Theatre.

It was an hour after the city’s fireworks show when shots rang out downtown.

“To be honest with you, we weren’t sure what all happened last night. We came in this morning and found some damage. One of our doors has taken some hits,” Kisling said.

Lexington police said one person was inside a car on West Short Street near the Lexington Opera House round 11:20 p.m. Monday when they were shot. Crews took them to the hospital and they are expected to recover. The victim’s car was damaged by bullets, and so was the children’s theatre.

“We want our young people to feel safe here,” Kisling said.

The theatre has called West Short Street home since 1999. Kisling and the team have finally been able to welcome kids and families back inside after two and half years, and even before the Fourth’s shooting, additional security measures had been put in place.

“We’ve done magnetic locks on all of our doors, so people have to ring in. Similar to what a school’s security system would be,” Kisling said.

Kisling said they’ve worked hard to ensure the show goes on.

“So for us, it’s important this be a place of welcome and it be a place of safety,” Kisling said.

Kisling said nobody with the theatre group was hurt, and no one is ever there that late at night. Police said as of right now, they don’t have any information about a suspect.

Anyone with 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 www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com.

The children’s theatre has an upcoming performance of Shrek the Musical on July 21-31.

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