PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - A man was arrested in connection to a shooting on Wednesday afternoon, July 29.
William R. Moore, 20, of Paducah, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. He was charged in a warrant with first-degree assault and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. He was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.
The victim, Tyreik Simmons, 23, was shot in the head at an apartment in the 700 block of North 7th Street around 3:30 p.m.
He was taken to a local hospital and was transferred to an out-of-state hospital in reportedly critical condition.
Paducah police say they were able to talk to Simmons briefly and he told them Moore had shot him. They said a witness confirmed that information.
According to police, several people were in an apartment when Moore started “playing” with a handgun. Moore allegedly pointed the gun at Simmons and pulled the trigger, firing one shot that hit Simmons.
While officers were searching for Moore, they responded to a call around 6:45 p.m. of a disturbance off of Stonebrook Drive. When they arrived, police say Moore ran out of the back door into a wooded area.
Officer A.J. Parrish and K-9 Don started tracking Moore through the wooded area, which police said forced Moore out where he was then arrested.
According to police, Moore admitted to the shooting and stated he did not realize the gun was loaded.
Police say Moore was just released from jail on Monday and is on probation after he pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, fleeing or evading police and tampering with physical evidence.
They say he was arrested on November 5, 2019 after several people saw a man fire three shots at another man in an alley behind The Church of the Nazarene’s family center on Adams St. One of the rounds struck the church building.
Police said several people sitting in line at the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant saw the incident. The shooter, Moore, was spotted nearby and ran. He was caught after a brief chase. They say the gun used in the incident was found in a trash can Moore passed while running.