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Lexington Council Urges Citizens To Alert Authorities When Hearing Gunshots

Stu Johnson

A Lexington city council member is urging citizens to report gunshot sounds to authorities quickly.  A metro police officer says early reporting can prove beneficial for investigators.

Lexington Council Member Susan Lamb spoke about incidents of “shots being fired” during last week’s remote work session. “I just want to urge the constituents that are listening and to talk to your neighbors and my fellow colleagues to reiterate the importance of calling 9-1-1 when you hear shots being fired on your street or near your home,” said Lamb.

Police Sergeant Donnell Gordon said too often residents assume someone else has called.  Gordon noted citizens may come home to find property damage, but without a call from a neighbor, it makes following up more difficult. “Just that little bit of information we can place somebody through the course of our investigation in an area, by using that time,” said Gordo.

Gordon said police rely on community involvement in working to address this type of activity.  And the police officer said there’s been an increase in shootings including those with no injuries.  Gordon said there were about 115 shootings during 2019.  That number increased to 140 last year.?

Gordon added residents can call 9-1-1, the main police station number, crime stoppers, or use an app called p3tips.

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