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Dunbar Community Center shooting victim speaks out

Posted at 7:03 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 19:08:47-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — One of the seven people shot outside the Dunbar Community Center Sunday night is sharing his story. Ronnie Woolfolk organized the barbeque to honor his late friend, Kenneth Bottoms, who was shot and killed at Fayette Mall. However, Woolfolk ended up being shot himself. He was shot in the hip and hopes to make a full recovery.

"I wanted unity and I got unity all the way up until the shooting," said the 21-year-old from his hospital bed. "I thought I was running away from the shots, but I could've been running towards them. I could've been at the Fayette County Coroner's office right now."

Hours before the shootings, Woolfolk was preaching a message of love as a guest pastor at a local church. He believes he was shot for a reason, but not in the criminal sense. He doesn't believe those responsible targeted him.

"I believe God done it to get me back on track to get me where I need to be to help this generation, this community," said Woolfolk.

After losing his friend in a recent string of shootings that killed several young men, Woolfolk hopes those carrying on the violence will change their ways.

"There's much more to life than just guns, and violence and trying to be somebody you're really not. You can really make something out of yourself the right way, instead of the wrong way," said Woolfolk.

Lexington Police are still looking for the people who fired into the crowd.