Police Investigation

Oct 12, 2011 11:20 AM

Lexington Police Investigating Rash Of Shootings In Last Week

The list of recent shootings in Lexington grew to 10 in the last week after another shooting incident early Wednesday morning.

The latest shooting happened at about 3:30 a.m. on Price Road. Police say two men were walking down the road when an SUV pulled next to them and shot one of them. The victim is expected to be okay.

The rash of shootings began on October 5 when a man was shot on Rand Avenue that afternoon and another man was shot on Dalton Court that evening.

The shootings haven't stopped since then. People have been hit on East Sixth Street, Smith Street, Winchester Road, Alexandria Drive, Whitney Avenue, Elm Tree Lane and one at an unknown location. that victim transported himself to the hospital.

Tuesday's shooting on Elm Tree Lane was the only deadly one. 34-year-old Vincent Miles was found shot to death on the porch of a vacant home. His sister says the violence has to stop. "Eventually you get sick and tired of this," said LaNita Miles. "I mean come on, enough is enough. There's a bigger, greater picture than just here on these streets."

The results of an LEX 18 poll from Tuesday show that people are worried about the outbreak of violence. The results showed nearly 74% of those polled think this recent shooting outbreak means the city is getting more dangerous. Just under 18% said no, the shootings are a coincidence, not a trend, and just over 8% were unsure.

Councilman Chris Ford's office says a task force will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the future of the Charles Young Community Center in the city's East End. The community center has been closed, but community members say opening it could provide opportunities for young people and help increase safety in the area.


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