UPDATE (5:17 p.m.): The coroner has released the name of the man fatally shot in Lexington on Christmas Eve.
The Fayette County Coroner’s Office says 21-year-old Jonathan Meristil died on the scene of the shooting at ‘The Square Apartments’ off Transylvania Park.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police say they are investigating a fatal shooting at The Square Apartments off Transylvania Park.
The apartment complex is near UK’s campus and management says it mostly houses UK students.
According to the Fayette County Coroner, a 21-year-old man is dead after being shot multiple times.
His name has not been released and there have been no arrests made.
Property owner Anthony Humphress says one of his other residents, while she was walking her dog, noticed a man running from the apartment complex into a car that quickly sped off. She says she didn’t think anything of it until police arrived shortly after.
“Gosh it’s a total surprise because it’s Christmas eve,” says Humphress.
Police were called to the complex about shots fired around 8 a.m. on Christmas eve.
“There’s never been any problems, it’s a really quiet street,” says Humphress.
“The Square” apartments are owned by Kampus Properties.
“The resident seemed like a good guy really kept to himself and we never had any issues so I’m not sure what happened,” says Humphress.
The apartments are all studios. Humphress says the man killed lived alone.
“He had a brother that was always around helping him out and even helped him sign the lease and that kind of thing,” says Humphress.
A text was sent to Kampus Properties residents in the area alerting them of the tragic news. It also said they believe it was an isolated event, with no further threat.
The texts say management plans on installing additional cameras on their properties.
“Gosh, I just can’t imagine the family and what the family is going through right now and we just want to be available for the family and to help the other residents and the police however possible,” says Humphress.
The investigation is ongoing.