Coroner identifies man killed in New Year's shooting

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LEXINGTON, Ky (WKYT) - A man who was shot early Friday on Lexington's north side has died.

The Fayette County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 28-year-old Joseph Allen McDowell. He was pronounced dead shortly after midnight Saturday at University of Kentucky Hospital.

McDowell had become Lexington's first homicide victim of 2016. The shooting happened early Friday around 5 a.m. on Roosevelt Blvd. off Georgetown Street.

Neighbors say they were sleeping when shots were fired mere feet from their doorsteps. Lexington police do not know what led up to the shooting.

Police arrived to find McDowell unresponsive and suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say he was shot two to three times; once in the head and once in the chest. He was transported to UK Hospital in critical condition.

The shooting happened in front of a residence right by a blue truck, but police still don't know why the victim was in front of the residence. Howard Underwood lives there.

"I didn't know nothin' about it," Underwood said. "I didn't get home until one, two o'clock this morning."

Underwood says he just moved to the area and after the shooting he worries for his family.

"I heard it's bad around through here. 'Cause anybody tell you when New Year's come in you're going to hear gunshots and everything."

Police went door-to-door trying to gather information.

They don't have a person of interest at this time. No one has been arrested.

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