Man arrested in Paducah shooting that left two in critical condition

A man has been accused of shooting two people at a gas station in Paducah, Ky.
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 2:32 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 10:27 PM CDT
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PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Two men are now in the hospital after they were shot at a Paducah gas station parking lot Tuesday night, August 16.

Police say when they arrested the suspect, he told detectives he wanted to go back to prison.

Paducah Police are accusing 40-year-old Marcus Cleary for shooting two men in the Five-Star Gas Station parking lot in Paducah.

Chief of Police Brian Laird called it an unusual case.

“A situation like this where it appears the suspect didn’t know either one of the individuals is what the investigation has shown so far is definitely unusual,” Chief Laird said.

According to police, the first victim was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk and turning into this parking lot. That’s when the suspect came from behind and shot him.

“The shooter then walked across the parking lot towards the front door of the gas station and then engaged with two other people that were there,” Chief Laird said.

“Demanded money from one of them. As that individual was handing over his money the suspect then shot that individual as well,” Laird continued.

A nearby officer approached the parking lot as the 2nd victim was shot. Cleary was detained after a foot chase.

According to a press release from police, no one else was injured, but several people saw it all happen.

“I was walking up from that angle over there and saw that man standing right here holding his head sideways, he had already shot him,” Jack Kimmons, a bystander said.

Jack Kimmons said the gas station is a common hangout spot for him.

He’s shocked this horrific incident happened in front of several people.

“It was scary, it was the first time I’ve ever seen something like that so close,” Laird said.

The Paducah Police Department shared that both victims were treated locally and transferred to an out-of-state hospital in critical condition.

Cleary is facing several charges including two counts of 1st degree assault, and 1st degree robbery.

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