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Shooting during funeral for homicide victim leaves man dead, marks 22nd Lexington homicide in 2022

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jun 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-06 08:24:23-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Officials on Saturday evening identified the man shot during the funeral for a homicide victim as Joseph Richardson of Versailles.

Services were being held at Unity Worship Center in Lexington for Malcolm Long, who was shot and killed along Locust Ave in Lexington on May 24.

Police have not made an arrest in either shooting.

Police were called to the worship center about an hour after services for Long were scheduled to begin. The shooting took place outside, police said.

Richardson, 35, was found with gunshot wounds. A woman was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” police said.

Crime scene tape stayed up for hours at the center’s parking lot.

Ronnie Woolfolk, an employee who works for the funeral home, shared the following message with LEX18: "Here we are once again. Minds wondering and emotions everywhere! Frustration at an all-time high. At this point we must keep ourselves safe and out the way, hoping we are not here next week."

Saturday’s shooting is the 22nd homicide in Lexington this year. No arrests have been made in 9 of the homicides.

The funeral processional eventually left the scene around 3 in the afternoon.