Man shot Tuesday near Daugherty Avenue

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Update 3:15 p.m.: The Bardstown Police Department has named the subject wanted for the shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon and the victim. 


Bardstown detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Darnell Maurice McGee.

He is described as a 28-year-old black male who is 5-foot-8 in height and weighs 140 lbs.

McGee is wanted for one count of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and three counts of discharging a firearm in city limits.

According to the BPD, McGee has friends in the Bardstown area and stays in Bardstown frequently, but has a permanent address in the 4500 block of South Sixth Street in Louisville.

Anyone who knows or has seen McGee is asked to call Nelson County Dispatch at 348-3211 or 911.

Police said Wednesday the victim is John R. Chesser, 33, of Bardstown. He was in stable condition as of Wednesday morning.

Bardstown Police officers and Nelson County Sheriff’s deputies were still looking for a suspect two hours after a man was shot Tuesday afternoon in the area of North Third Street and Daugherty Avenue.

Bardstown Officer in Charge Tim Simpson would only say that a male victim was shot at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday, and they were still searching for the suspect as of press time for this edition of The Kentucky Standard. 

According to a Facebook post on the Bardstown Police Department website: “The victim and shooter are acquaintances and this appears to be over an argument that occurred near the Hardee’s restaurant. At this time the victim is refusing to cooperate with officers as to who the shooter is.”

Soon after the incident, police were interviewing witnesses in a parking lot near an alley behind Cash Express on North Third, and there were two ambulances there.

A male witness who works nearby said he saw a black male in a black and white jacket running from the scene, and it appeared as though he was trying to place something in his jacket.

A woman who lives nearby said she saw the man running in front of her and a woman running after him yelling, “That’s him! That’s him!”

She said she did not see a gun or the person who was shot until medical personnel were putting him in to an ambulance.

Police had not released further details Tuesday afternoon, and it was unclear how many shots were fired, but one bullet shattered the window of Fisher’s Auto Supply on the opposite side of North Third before entering the store and hitting a quart of oil.

“It was just like the movies,” said Patty Thompson, a store employee who was in the rear of the room looking up an order for an auto part. “I was looking at the computer and heard the blast, and then the window just shattered.

There were no customers in the store at the time, but the incident left Thompson feeling fortunate, especially for her coworker, Greg Morgan of Fredericktown.

“Normally he’s up front watching the traffic, so we got really lucky,” Thompson said.

Another bystander believes he may have seen the incident, but did not want to give his name for fear of reprisal.

He said he was watching someone jump-start a car battery in the parking lot of Hardee’s when he heard a gunshot and saw two men standing near the entrance to the parking lot on East Halstead Avenue. They took off running down the alley and out of his sight. 

“I heard the boom and didn’t think a lot about it,” he said, until he saw that Fisher’s window had been shot.

Another witness placed the location of the shooting further south, behind Mackin’s Antique Mall.

According to unconfirmed reports at the time, the victim was shot in the leg.

Simpson said the victim was taken by ambulance to Flaget Memorial Hospital, and an air ambulance was dispatched.

Police were going door-to-door interviewing people, with a focus on the area east of North Third Street in the vicinity of Allison and Daugherty avenues.