LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The city of Lexington saw another homicide Tuesday afternoon. This time on Locust Avenue after officers responded to reports of a person down.
Police were on the scene for more than four hours of what is now being treated as a homicide by the Lexington Police Department.
On Wednesday, the coroner identified the victim as 29-year-old Malcolm Long.
Lt. Donnell Gordon said,” Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Locust Avenue in reference to a person found on the floor. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased subject with a possible gunshot wound.”
The shooting marked the city’s eighth homicide in the month of May.
Individuals at the scene, who identified themselves as family members, said the victim is Malcom Long, Jr., who was known as “Diddy” by those who loved him, including his cousin Ronnie Woolfolk.
Woolfolk said, “Malcolm was just Malcolm. He was funny, a jokester. He could get on your nerves sometimes, but he didn’t mean no harm to nobody. He is going to be greatly missed.”
Lexington police are now asking for as much cooperation as possible.
“This is going to be a community effort to come to some type of understanding of this incident, so we are asking for the public’s help in solving this incident,” Gordon said.
Families in Lexington said dealing with tragedy is almost a daily occurrence and they are asking for the violence to stop.
“You don’t want your last bed to be a casket. You get more rest in your bed than in a grave, so you got to live on. We got to stop all of this and come together and love one another,” said Woolfolk.
This shooting marks the 18th homicide in Lexington so far in 2022, outpacing 2021, which was the worst year on record.
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Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, a large police presence was seen off Bryan Avenue near East New Circle Road.
FOX 56’s Georgiaree Godfrey is on Locust Avenue where she witnessed several cop cars as well as the coroner’s van.
A man, who identified himself as the victim’s dad, told FOX 56 News his son was killed.