Bystander shot at Mall now faces weapons, drug charges

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – One of the two bystanders shot during the Aug. 23 shooting at Fayette Mall now finds himself in trouble with federal drug investigators.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, 41-year-old Marquis Tompkins faces charges locally of possession of a weapon by a felon after police found a gun in his car the day of the shooting.

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In addition, he has been indicted on federal charges of heroin trafficking stemming from an investigation earlier this year by federal authorities, the newspaper reported.

Tompkins allegedly sold a heroin/fentanyl mixture to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to an affidavit filed by Special Agent Russel King that accompanies the federal criminal complaint, according to the Herald-Leader story.

The agent’s affidavit said investigators have five circumstances in February and March where they allege he distributed drugs based on tracking his cars, his significant other, and his brother, as well as where he lived at an apartment complex in Lexington, the newspaper reported.