2 charged with murder in fatal shooting at Winchester apartment

One person is dead and three others were injured in a shooting Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2014 at the Summit Apartments on Oxford Drive.
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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - Winchester police have charged two people in a shooting at an apartment complex Tuesday night that left one person dead and three others injured.

Winchester Police Department Captain James Hall said Lillian Barnett, 18, and Lamont Wilkerson, 20, were arrested early Wednesday.
Barnett is charged with complicity to murder. Wilkerson is charged with first-degree burglary and murder.

Police say they are looking for a person of interest -- someone else they would like to question about the shooting. They don't think he is from Winchester, and they are working with other agencies to find him.

"We responded and we were able to close this case quickly and hopefully gets some justice for the victim," Hall said.

Investigators say the shooting was a targeted home invasion, but have not released details about how they determined that.

The shooting happened just after 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Summit Apartments on Oxford Drive.

Wilkerson's arrest citation says Wilkerson and two other men forced their way inside the apartment. Once inside, a gunfight ensued. The paper work says Wilkerson admitted to his part in the crime.

Barnett's arrest citation says she drove Wilkerson and the other men to the apartment complex. It says she also drove the get away car.

Hall said officers found two shooting victims in one unit and another victim in a unit directly below it.

Hall said the two victims upstairs were taken to the hospital in critical condition and the shooting victim downstairs was pronounced dead.

Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart says Amber Caudill, 19, died after being hit by a stray bullet last night. Her friends say she was a graphic design student at Eastern Kentucky University.

Caudill’s boyfriend and his mother told WKYT’s Mark Barber the couple planned to get married. Her close friends say she even picked out her wedding dress.

Her boyfriend's mother tells WKYT that two bullets came through the ceiling of their second story apartment around 8 p.m. Friday and hit her in the neck.

"She was a great person in general. She would do anything for anybody. She was always smiling and always happy and always a sweetheart about everything," Keely Townsend, a friend, said.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hearn Funeral Home in Stanton. They are still waiting on autopsy results.

Check WKYT.com for updates.

Anyone with information on the shooting or who may have witnessed any of the events at the apartment complex Tuesday night are asked to contact the Winchester Police Department at (859) 745-7400.

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