UPDATED: Lexington police officers in the early stages of a shooting investigation
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) - Lexington police officers were in the early stages of a shooting investigation Monday afternoon at the Park North Apartments off Brook Hill West in the town of Lexington. One person was transported from the scene in an ambulance that left the scene emergent using its lights and siren to expedite transport to a local hospital.
Police officers, emergency medical personnel, and firefighters responded to the scene sometime around 3:00 p.m. Monday. For a short time, it was reported that officers seemed to be searching for someone in the apartment complex. Others quickly began interviewing any available witnesses. Still other officers used their patrol cars to set up a perimeter along Park Road as if they were trying to contain someone in the area of the apartment complex. All of this is standard operating procedure in a situation involving gunfire and would continue until detectives and supervisors gather enough information to begin piecing together exactly what transpired. Closer to 5:00 p.m., police released a statement saying that as their investigation progressed, they had begun to suspect that the wound the man received may have been self-inflicted.
Lexington Police Chief Terrance Green was on the scene early on as investigators were busy collecting evidence and trying to determine exactly what happened. The police did not identify the wounded individual and normally would not if it turns out that his injury was self-inflicted. At the time the police released their first statement they said they did not know if the individual who was shot had a life-threatening injury.
We will update this story if more information becomes available.