14-year-old killed, man injured in separate Lexington shootings

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Posted at 6:38 AM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 13:11:05-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A 14-year-old has died and a man was injured in separate shootings that both took place Thursday night into Friday morning.

The first shooting happened after 9:00 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Betsy Lane, near the Lexington Cemetery. Officers with the Lexington Police Department performed CPR on the teen before he was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He later died from his injuries. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide.

The Fayette County Coroner's Office identified the teen as Larry Perez Morales.

The second shooting took place shortly before 3:00 a.m. Friday in the 3000 block of Old Todds Road for a report of a gunshot victim. Police found a man in the parking lot area with non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to the hospital.

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Billie Mallory is a community advocate who tells LEX 18 she wants to see the city to do more to stop gun violence. She says she's sick of waking up and hearing about another shooting, especially when they involve kids.

"I cannot even imagine what it would be like to lose a child to something that's so senseless," she said. "We don't need to lose our young people. They have their whole life ahead of them, and they deserve to live their lives."

Police are currently investigating both incidents. Anyone with additional information about these cases are asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online, or through the P3 tips app.