Lexington’s first shooting victim becomes first homicide victim

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The coroner says the victim of Lexington’s first shooting of 2016 has also become the city’s first homicide victim.

He’s been identified as 28-year-old Joseph Allen McDowell. Police say McDowell was found by a neighbor early New Year’s Day with multiple gunshot wounds.  It happened in the 400 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.

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Authorities say McDowell was lying on the ground in a driveway and near a truck when he was found by a passerby. Police say he was rushed to University of Kentucky Hospital where he died.

Investigators are looking into the circumstances that led to McDowell being shot.

You can leave a tip anonymously with the Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling 859-253-2020.