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Two Dead in Alexandria Shooting; Suspect Captured and Charged

Update (Sunday, November 10): The victims have been identified as Brian Cornelius, 47, of Alexandria, and a 14-year old who has not yet been publicly identified. Derek Johnson, 37, of Alexandria, survived the shooting after being wounded.


Two people are dead after a shooting on Brookwood Drive in Alexandria on Friday.

The suspect is in custody as of Saturday morning. He has been identified as Richard Mark Fessler, 18.

Fessler is charged with murder and attempted murder. He was booked at the Campbell County Detention Center at 4 a.m. Friday, according to jail records.

Alexandria Police Chief Lucas Cooper told media on scene that officers were dispatched to the area after one person had reportedly been shot twice. That victim, who was outside the scene of the shooting by then, directed police back to the bodies of the two dead victims, Lucas said.

Lucas did not provide details about the victims' identities. 

He also did not describe the suspect at that time.

"We do have a suspect at this time, but that person is not in custody," Lucas said late Friday night before word came that a suspect was in custody. He said there was no active concern, but that neighbors should keep their doors and windows locked for the time being.

Lucas also said Fessler's vehicle was recovered but said the investigation does not currently involve an active manhunt. "We can't say that he's not still in the area. That's why we encourage people to be vigilant," Lucas said prior to the suspect's identity being revealed. "But we don't think he's an active threat in this area."

Alexandria Police issued an alert on Friday afternoon that anyone in the area of Brookwood Drive should shelter-in-place until further notice.

Later in the evening, Campbell County Office of Emergency Management shared another update from the police: "A person of interested suspected of an earlier shooting in Alexandria KY has possibly been spotted in the area of Oneonta Road and Washington Trace Road. Alexandria Police request you lock your doors, windows, and report any suspicious activity to the Campbell County Dispatch Center at 859-292-3622. Police agencies are in the area investigating."

The River City News is working to confirm more details.

-Staff report

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