Lexington Mayor called out during community meeting

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton was called out Tuesday night during B.U.I.L.D.’s annual Nehemiah Action Assembly, a gathering of about 2,000 people from 26 congregations, working toward making Lexington safer and healthier.

Members of the group discussing gun violence were disappointed the mayor couldn’t attend the meeting.

They wanted to ask her questions about adopting a group violence intervention program, aimed at reducing gang violence and homicides.

Instead, Public Safety Commissioner Ken Armstrong promised the mayor would meet again with build members in the next couple of weeks.

Pastor Joseph Owens of Shiloh Baptist Church near Duncan Park spoke to the problem.

He told the crowd on Christmas day, in the afternoon, two cars drove recklessly down 5th Street, near the church, spraying bullets at each other.

“Just a few minutes earlier, had I been there, I would’ve been right in the crossfire. Had we been holding services, those steps would’ve been full of parishioners. Our people would’ve been getting in their cars,” Owens said.

The group also discussed racial disparities in suspensions at Fayette County Public Schools and drug abuse.

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