Police release ID of 2 victims in NKY triple shooting; suspect in custody

Suspect in custody after triple shooting in Alexandria, KY

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (FOX19) - Alexandria police released the names of two of the victims from the triple shooting that happened Friday.

Alexandria Police Chief Lucas Cooper says Brian Cornelius, 47, of Alexandria and a 14-year-old male died. Derek Johnson, 37, of Alexandria, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Johnson was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Police were dispatched to North Cottonwood Court Friday at 3:45 p.m. for a shooting that occurred.

Chief Cooper says a passerby picked up Johnson after he was shot and begun to treat him.

Ambyr Schnitzler said she was driving through the area with her two kids in the car when she saw a man running down a cul-de-sac with his arms up and blood all over him.

She said she knew she needed to stop and help.

Dispatchers were told three people were shot in Alexandria and to be looking for the suspect’s vehicle on the AA Highway.
Dispatchers were told three people were shot in Alexandria and to be looking for the suspect’s vehicle on the AA Highway. (Source: WXIX)

When she got closer, she said she started applying pressure to his wounds as she called 911.

“I needed to be there. I really believe that. He was shot in the shoulder and underneath his rib area and there was so much blood. I am not sure how many times he got shot. I just know those two areas and the whole time I was holding it and packing it and all that pressure. I made him stay with me, not to go into shock and he was telling me about his son. He just kept up with me until they got there,” Schnitzler said.

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Johnson said that 18-year-old Richard Fessler shot him on North Cottonwood Court and fled the area in a black Ford Focus.

When officers arrived at North Cottonwood Court, they found the other two victims. Once officers started to investigate the area they found the abandoned black Ford Focus in the driveway of a home on South Bellewood Court.

Hamilton County dispatch confirms that Campbell County dispatch asked them to put out an advisory Friday to be on the lookout for a male with a gun.

At 1 a.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to a house in the area of Washington Trace Road for a report of a suspicious person.

That was when officers arrested Fessler on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

People in the neighborhood told FOX19 NOW that this type of thing does not happen there.

“It’s really shocking," said Kaleb Lukes, a neighbor who knew the 14-year-old victim. "Everybody just feels bad for the family because nobody would ever expect this to happen.”

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