Juvenile injured in Lexington shooting, police searching for suspect

Juvenile injured in Lexington shooting, police searching for suspect
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 10:03 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police are investigating another shooting.

Police told us it happened in the Oxford Circle area around 9:15 Wednesday night.

We’re told a juvenile was shot and taken to the hospital. It’s not clear how serious the victim’s injuries are.

Police said they’re looking looking for a suspect but they don’t have a clear description.

Our crew at the scene talked to Pecola Cowan and her 16-year-old daughter, Maria, who were going to the taco stand nearby when they heard the shots firing out. The Pecola said she ran her daughter to their car and quickly got the first aid kit she keeps, and went to help the young person shot on the ground.

I keep a first aid kit in my truck because anything could happen. Didn’t think I would need it for something like this, maybe a minor cut or something. I’m just glad I had it available to use,” said Pecola Cowan.

Maria said shootings get talked about in school and on social media. She says things need to change and it starts with kids wanting to change.

“They just want to fit in with the crowd. It’s not cute. You don’t have to fit in to be you. You don’t have to gangbang, want to fight all the time, be the drama, you can just be you and live,” Maria said. “Like you can be something, you can do better, you can do something and change the world sometime.”

School Board Member Stephanie Spires told us she’s been connected to several of these kids and shootings. She said in a statement that she is incredibly passionate about this, especially as a foster parent and someone who has boots on the ground with youth in the community and wants this issue addressed.

This shooting followed another juvenile who was shot the day before. We are working to get updates from the police. We have also reached out to the FCPS for comment about the shooting and what resources they have for students.

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.