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Oct 21, 2013 7:03 PM by Josh Breslow

UK Student Expected To Survive After Being Shot During Attempted Robbery

Lexington Police continue working to track down the two guys who they say shot a University Of Kentucky student during an attempted robbery at his home.

Ryan Jennings, 22, was shot in the back Sunday around 11:30 p.m. at his home on Elizabeth Street near the UK campus.

Some of the crime scene tape remained Monday in the neighborhood described as mostly student housing.

"We locked the doors. Locked the windows. Just made sure everything was good," said Dean France, a UK student who lives nearby. "Shocked to have it right down the street from us. You wouldn't think of it, especially somebody in college, like our age."

"Kind of makes me nervous just knowing that on the commute from campus back home, it could be a dangerous trip now," said Brad Wilson, another UK student who lives near the scene.

LEX 18 returned to Jenning's home Monday morning, as the victim's girlfriend, Ainsley Murrell was taken from there in handcuffs. During a search of the house, police said they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

One other person in the home was charged. Investigators said the victim could be charged, as well.

According to officers, the shooting appears to have stemmed from an attempted robbery involving the drugs.

LEX 18 found an Instagram page registered to the victim, Ryan Jennings. His username is thegrassman24 and the page consists of several pictures of marijuana.

The intruders apparently did not get away with any drugs. They took off without anything when Jennings' roommate used a rifle to fire a warning shot, according to police.

With the shooting happening so close to campus, some students questioned why a UK alert was never issued. UK Police Chief, Joe Monroe told LEX 18 that the police department was not told of the situation until hours later and that UK alerts are only issued when there is "an immediate threat." A safety bulletin, however, was issued Monday.

Investigators said they had a vague description of one of the two men believed to be involved in the shooting, describing him as a black male in his 20s, wearing a red jacket.

Police have said Jennings injuries were serious but he is expected to survive. They have not released an update on Jennings' condition at UK Hospital.


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