Wrongful Death Man Dies After Shooting in Lexington

The victim of a Thursday night shooting has died at UK Hospital.

Police say that the 25-year-old victim, De’ontai Bates,  was shot in the chest on Faulkner Avenue.

Lexington Police say that the shooting victim was in an SUV with two other men when he was shot. Police tell LEX 18 that he was shot by one of the passengers who then fled the scene.

They believe that the victim picked up the person of interest from the Winburn area.


“The witness is the victim’s mother’s boyfriend, who was also with him in the vehicle when the shooting occurred,” said Lt. Jackie Newsman. “We have no idea why they were out here. They don’t live in this area. It is kind of a rural area so it’s definitely kind of an odd place.”

Investigators are looking for the person of interest. They describe him as a black male in his 20s with a red toboggan on and dark colored clothing. He may be armed.

They say it is not clear what led up to the shooting.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Police at (859) 258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

An account has been set up at Chase Bank for the family of the victim, De’ontai Bates. The account number is 458976649

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