Henderson Police investigate possible connection in weekend shootings

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Neighbors heard gunshots through the weekend in two separate shootings across Henderson. Together, bullets killed one man and injured three others.

About a mile separates the scenes, and Henderson Police detectives are looking for the people who pulled the triggers at both.

Taylor Merino said she heard at least 7 gunshots on Monday morning around 12:30. She said it sounded like fireworks, but she knew that is not what it was.

“It scared the crap out of me,” Merino said. “It makes me want to move.”

Especially, she said, considering another shooting over the weekend which happened early Saturday morning.

A man watches first responders on the scene at Atkinson and Loeb.

“I don’t know if it’s like a [retaliation] from that, because I heard it was a lot of kids from around this area,” Merino added.

Police don’t know who killed Jaiwaun Latrell Wadlington.

According to HPD, a group of people got into a fight outside Thomason’s Banquet Hall when someone started shooting.

Wadlington died in the street near Atkinson and Loeb Streets.

Japaris Baker, 18, was arrested and charged with assault in relation to a pair of injuries that happened during the fight. They are expected to survive their injuries.

Japaris Baker (Henderson County Jail)

Wadlington’s homicide is still being investigated.

Lieutenant Jason Hargitt said detectives aren’t getting much cooperation from people involved.

South Adams Street shooting

Kevin Armstead has spent a lot of time on his South Adams Street front porch, but early Monday was not like most times.

“I ain’t caused nobody harm or nothing,” he said, “We just sitting out here having a good time and somebody over there got to shooting.”

His friend, Chris Smith, caught what he believes was a stray bullet in his right arm.

Armstead expects him to be okay, but his home took some hits, too. The sidewalk near his front door is covered in blood spatter.

A bullet hole can be seen on a South Adams St. home

Armstead says the gunshots came from an alley across the street, behind a mobile home.

That’s where Merino and her family live. An HPD investigator collected bullet casings near her side door, Monday afternoon.

You can help police solve both crimes. If you know anything, investigators want you to call the police department or Crime Stoppers at 270-831-1111.

Detectives don’t know yet if the two shootings are connected.

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This story was originally published on July 29, 2019

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