Shooting near homicide victim’s vigil ends with crime scene outside Good Samaritan


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A shooting Monday night in Lexington happened near a balloon release for Lexington’s latest homicide victim and ended with a car taped-off outside Good Samaritan Hospital.

Lexington Police say officers received a report of multiple shots fired around 6:45 p.m. near Race Street, Corral Street, and Eastern Avenue. That’s near Northeastern Park, where people were releasing balloons in honor of Mar’quevion Leach.

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Investigators say the 17-year-old was killed Saturday after he was shot around 6:00 p.m. in the 700 block of Florence Avenue.

Police say the gunfire Monday hit an adult man and someone drove him to Good Samaritan Hospital, where police found him with non-life threatening injuries.

A gold Honda Accord was taped-off with crime scene tape outside the Good Samaritan ER entrance as part of a crime scene until police later towed it. Police say the car was shot multiple times and the victim was seated in the car when the shooting happened.

Around 9 p.m., a hospital visitor said she was told she couldn’t come in because the hospital was on lockdown.

Police say they’ll have to investigate whether Monday’s shooting is connected to the balloon release for Mar’quevion Leach.

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