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Man charged with murder in connection with Fayette Mall shooting

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Posted at 9:41 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 17:05:00-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Police have charged a man with murder in connection to the Fayette Mall shooting that occurred Sunday, taking the life of 17-year-old Kenneth Bottoms.

Investigators arrested Xavier Hardin, 19, Monday evening.

Hardin is charged with murder and two counts of assault in the first degree. He is booked in the Fayette County Detention Center.

Lexington Police responded to a shooting Sunday at 4 p.m. outside of Bath and Body Works inside Fayette Mall where an argument broke out.

Three victims were taken to the hospital, including 17-year-old Kenneth Bottoms who died later Sunday evening. The other two victims have non life-threatening injuries.

Two other 18-year-olds, Cion Townsend and Nasir Lyons, have been charged with tampering with physical evidence. Police announced Monday morning that Townsend and Lyons were "associated with Bottoms."