Suspect in custody after car hit with gunfire in downtown Lexington

Suspect in custody after car hit with gunfire in downtown Lexington
Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 4:17 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Another shooting in downtown Lexington—this time in broad daylight.

Police say 18-year-old J’Lynn Hersey was taken into custody Friday and is facing three counts of wanton endangerment and fleeing. He was also wanted on outstanding warrants.

Witnesses said the gunfire started at East Short and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Lexington attorney Scott Crosbie said this violence is happening too often.

“We’re, what? 100 feet from City Hall, and this is multiple rounds are being shot up and down Short Street. It’s happening at night, it’s happening at day,” Crosbie said.

Police first responded to the parking garage at the corner of Short and MLK. Officers marked where casings were found in the street, and at least one car in the garage was hit.

Crosbie, who served on Urban County Council in the late 90s, works where the shots were first fired and said an employee was just feet away.

“It was something they’re going to live with for quite a while,” Crosbie said.

He worries about the continued impacts violence will have on the city.

“We clearly have a serious issue that needs to be addressed, politically and otherwise. We need more police officers. We need more police officers out and having a presence, being proactive, being able to do their job, to help solve this problem. Because if we don’t, we’re going to lose our city,” Crosbie said.

Friday’s shooting comes less than a week after shots were fired near the Pavilion downtown, and several others have been reported throughout the summer.

“Unless we make public safety a priority, we’re going to continue to have this spiral in a bad direction,” Crosbie said.

Police don’t know what led to the shots being fired. They’re asking anyone with surveillance video in the area where the shots were fired to contact them.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Lexington Police at (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.

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