UPDATE: Police seek information in fatal shooting of nurse

Jesse Averitt/Facebook


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on De Porres Avenue, taking the life of a UK nursing student.

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Shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, March 4, officers responded to a home in the 900-block of De Porres for a reported shooting. The victim, a 28-year-old man, was struck by shots fired from outside the home.

The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Fayette County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Jesse Matthew Averitt.

A second man, described by neighbors as Averitt’s roommate, who was inside the home at the time of the shooting, was not hurt.

A witness reported seeing a vehicle leave the area at a high rate of speed immediately after the shooting. Police do not have any suspect description at this time. 

Averitt was a nurse at Eastern State Hospital and a senior in the nursing program at the University of Kentucky, having started in the program April 30, 2020, according to his Facebook profile.

He graduated from Blue Grass Community and Technical College as a licensed practical nurse. He graduated from Lafayette Senior High in Lexington, according to his Facebook profile.

Friends used social media to mourn the shooting, which was the city’s seventh homicide this year.

“Jesse loved his job you could tell…He was always helping patients with something! Life is not fair people,” wrote Jody Gillespie, according to the Herald-Leader.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com.

UPDATE 6:45 A.M. 03/04/21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Fayette County Coroner says a man has died after being shot early Thursday morning inside a home.

According to the coroner, 28-year-old Jesse Matthew Averitt died at UK Medical Center from his injuries.

He becomes the city’s seventh homicide victim of the year.

Police say the shooting happened around 2 a.m. inside a home in the 900 block of De Porres Avenue. They say someone in a car shot into the home while driving by. Two men were inside the home.

The other man was not hurt.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – One person is in the hospital after an early morning shooting Thursday.

Lexington Police said someone in a car shot into a house in the 900 block of De Porres Ave. According to police, two men were inside at the time, one was seriously hurt and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police said they do not have a description of the car or any suspects.