A confrontation in a grocery store parking lot Friday night, reportedly over a stolen vehicle, has left a Cecilia man dead.
Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting that occurred in the Crossroads IGA parking lot in Upton.
Joseph Smith, 25, was pronounced dead at the shooting scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.
According to a news release from state police, at about 9 p.m. on Friday, KSP Post 4 received multiple calls saying someone had been shot in the grocery store’s parking lot.
Preliminary findings, according to police, say that earlier in the day, Ryan Woodrum, 25, of Upton, had discovered his wife’s vehicle had been stolen from their residence in Hart County.
State police said Woodrum later found the vehicle at the Crossroads IGA and came in contact with the occupant of the stolen vehicle, Smith.
A physical altercation occurred and during the altercation, Woodrum fired a handgun which struck Smith.
Smith’s body was taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy.
Woodrum and Smith both attended Central Hardin High School and were social media friends on at least one account.
Woodrum has not been charged. The case still is under investigation by KSP Detective Tony Hardin and, at the conclusion, will be turned over to a Hardin County grand jury for consideration of charges, if any.
State police spokesman Scotty Sharp said the investigation will include interviewing witnesses, processing evidence and autopsy details.
KSP was assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Hart County Sheriff’s Office and Hardin County EMS.