Richmond Police have identified a “person of interest” in Sunday morning’s Cherry Pit shooting and the victim still is in the University of Kentucky Medical Center in serious condition.

“We do have a suspect in that case,” said RPD Sgt. Willard Reardon, public affairs officer for the department. “I can’t get into a lot of it other than we are currently working on a suspect and he is a person of interest. Apparently they (the detectives) are working on a motive.”

The name of the suspect is not being released at this time.

Nineteen-year-old Lamar Kennedy of Lexington was shot with a handgun around 2:30 a.m. outside the night club near the intersection of Water Street and South Second Street. Although information about where or how many times Kennedy was shot is not being released, Reardon did say Kennedy suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

The hospital still is not releasing information about Kennedy’s condition.

“I know he is doing OK,” Reardon said about Kennedy. “He is doing very well from what I understand. Obviously he is still recuperating from his injuries.”

On Sunday, Reardon said a disturbance began as the club was closing down for the night. Several agencies — including Kentucky State Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Eastern Kentucky University Police — responded to a scene Reardon described as “chaotic.”

“Officers at the scene reported that there were 100 to 150 people in the area at the time, a number of which were interfering with the officers’ efforts to render assistance to the shooting victim,” the press release states.

RPD Officer Kelly Rouse arrived first on scene and aided Kennedy until Madison EMS could arrive.

“He was in the area and actually heard the shots,” Reardon said. “Probably with his quick response he did help the victim because of his background as a paramedic, being well-trained in law enforcement as well as being a very good paramedic.”

The RPD Investigations Unit is working the investigation, and anyone with information that may assist them is asked to call 1-859-623-8911.

Kelly Foreman can be reached at or 624-6694.

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