E'town man charged with attempted murder in Radcliff shooting

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By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown man faces multiple felony charges including attempted murder after police said he fired a shot into a crowd, striking one man in the leg.


Jonaci L. Lopez, 19, is charged with attempted murder and nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Radcliff police responded at 10:13 p.m. Saturday to a three-story apartment building at 325 Elmwood Drive on a report of shots fired, spokesman Bryce Shumate said. Moments later officers received an update that one person was injured.

According to Shumate, Lopez was visiting the apartment. He and others at the residence were involved in a disagreement concerning an incident that occurred earlier in the week, Shumate said.

The group went outside “to get in a fight,” he said. However, a fight did not occur and Lopez got into a 2001 white Honda to leave.

Lopez fired a pistol at the group as he was leaving, Shumate said. According to a citation, Lopez fired three shots from the vehicle as it was moving.

A bullet struck one man in the leg about three inches above the ankle, he said. The victim was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lopez left before police arrived, Shumate said. He was found around noon Sunday in Elizabethtown and has been lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond.

Lopez was arraigned via video feed Monday in Hardin District Court. He is set to appear for a hearing Friday.

In addition to charging Lopez in the shooting, Shumate said officers also served him with a warrant out of Jefferson County for failure to appear in court.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.