Community concerned after teen shot, killed in Lexington

Community concerned after teen shot, killed in Lexington

LEXINGTON, KY (LEX 18/WAVE) - Teens and gun violence not only a problem in Louisville, but also in Lexington.

A juvenile has been charged with murder in a shooting that left a teenager dead Friday. The shooting on Honey Jay Court also left a nearby school on high alert. It's a situation some Tates Creek High School parents say is becoming too familiar.

Police still don't know why shots were fired inside a home on Honey Jay Court Friday, but they say 17-year-old David Fletcher Jones was shot in the head around 5:30. The teen later died at a hospital. People who live nearby say gun violence has gotten very bad in the area this year.

"We've blatantly seen them selling drugs right out here in front of the house and I see them walking up and down the sidewalk with guns on them all the time," said a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

Tates Creek High School is just minutes away from where the shooting happened. The school has been dealing with its own gun problem lately. Three guns were found in two weeks at the school, which has some students scared to go to class.

"Three guns in a school, two were loaded, you don't know what's going to happen, like anybody could come in and shoot anybody," said student Zion Simmons.

Some parents are also wondering why more isn't being done to protect the school and the neighborhood.

"As a parent, I just don't understand why don't we put in metal detectors and screen every kids every day to make sure no gun ever gets inside the school," said parent Robert Simmons.

The school district says all Fayette County high schools will now have random metal detector checks starting the week of, or the week after Thanksgiving.

In Louisville, advocates have pushed JCPS to install metal detectors at middle and high schools.A series of panels was set up for discussion, but there has been no firm talk of funding or changing policy.

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