FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Some people in Franklin County are on edge after a recent string of violence.
Authorities are investigating four separate homicides that took place within the last month. That’s one more than the county recorded all of last year.
“It's a strange thing, it's a sad thing most certainly. But like I said when I see the news from different places in the country it just seems to be a sign of the times and it's disturbing,” said Frankfort resident Bryant Wilson.
Wilson lives on Menominee Trail where two teens were shot late last night. Wilson says he saw the police lights but didn't learn until later on what had happened.
“This is a very quiet neighborhood here, in fact, this used to be a quiet town until this year. I've been here since the end of '91 and I've never seen or heard of any instances of anyone being shot and killed here. So it's been quite a roller coaster,” said Wilson.
That roller coaster started back on September 2nd when three people were shot at East Frankfort Park during a private event. Anthony Hendrix Jr. later died at the hospital.
On September 4th, police say Coty Brumback and his dog were shot and killed in a parking garage.
Then on Monday night just before 11:30 gunfire broke out on Menominee Trail leaving Xavier Cochrum dead.
Across town on Tuesday morning, a man was found dead in a home on Pea Ridge Trail. Kentucky State Police is now investigating that as a homicide.
“It's disconcerting, yea, but we feel pretty secure here,” said Wilson.
Police tell us they don't believe the incidents are related, but they will be stepping up patrols to make sure people feel safe. Wilson says despite the violence, there's nowhere else he'd rather call home.
“Frankfort is probably the most perfect blend of city and small town environments that I've ever come across. And I've been in a number of different places,” said Wilson.