Trinity Gay, a 15 year old high school student in Kentucky, was shot in the neck. Gay died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. The news was released by the agent of her father late Sunday. Agent Mark Wetmore confirmed the death of a teen via a text to the Associated Press. Police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting.
On Sunday, it was announced that Dvonta Middlebrooks, a 21 year old male, had been arrested and charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm. Middlebooks is a convicted felon. Law enforcement concluded that Middlebrooks was in the same parking lot as Gay when the shooting occurred. They believe that he fired multiple shots during a gunfight, one hitting Gay.
The shooting occurred at approximately four o'clock a.m. Witnesses who saw the altercation in the parking lot of a restaurant near the University of Kentucky- Lexington campus say that there was gunfire exchanged between two cars. There was another man that was questioned by law enforcement but he has neither been named nor charged with any crime.
Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said police don't believe Trinity Gay was in either of the vehicles involved.
Tyson Gay competed in the last three Summer Olympics. He was part of a team that won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2012 London Games, though that medal was ultimately stripped after Gay tested positive for steroids in 2013.
This past summer's Games in Rio featured another stinging disappointment for Gay, 33, who has battled injuries. He was a member of the American men's 4x100-meter relay team that finished third in the final before being disqualified for an illegal baton exchange between Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin. The team's appeal was denied, giving Canada the bronze medal.
Trinity Gay was a sprinter at Lafayette High School in Lexington and finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the state Class 3A high school track meet in May, records show. She also ran on a 4x200 relay team that finished fourth. Her father, who also ran track at Lafayette, still holds the state record in the 100, set in 2001.
Fayette County Public Schools superintendent Manny Caulk said in a statement, "Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence. Please join us in keeping the Gay family close in thought and prayer and supporting the students, staff, and families at Lafayette High during this unspeakably difficult time."
Grief counselors will be at Lafayette High on Monday for students and staff, Fayette school spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall added in an email.
The police statement didn't identify Trinity Gay by name, saying a juvenile who was struck at the scene was taken by private vehicle to the UK Hospital and later pronounced dead. Police were still searching for the second vehicle, police said, adding they are continuing to investigate.
Many turned to Twitter to express grief and wish their condolences to Gay's friends and family.