Three men charged in shootout that killed Tyson Gay's daughter

Former world champion sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter Trinity Gay has been killed in a shooting in the USA state of Kentucky, BBC Sport quoted Police in Lexington who said Trinity Gay was hit in the neck during an exchange of fire between two vehicles in a restaurant auto park.

Police have charged three men in the fatal shooting of Trinity Gay, the daughter of United States track athlete Tyson Gay.

Trinity Gay's mother, Shoshana Boyd, told the New York Daily News that her daughter had hoped to follow in her father's Olympic footsteps.

"I'm so confused", he told the station.

Dvonta Middlebrooks fired multiple shots during the incident, Lexington police investigators said Sunday.

"We just never would have thought Trinity would get shot that night", Alexa Garner said. She is believed to have been caught in the crossfire of two rival gangs who became engaged in a shootout from their cars.

The men connnected to the shooting fled the scene. Lex 18, said that Trinity was taken to the hospital "in a private vehicle, where she was later pronounced dead".

Police said they recovered a blue Ford passenger vehicle, which was seen by witnesses leaving the scene of the shooting.

Middlebrooks is charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A fourth man was being questioned and has not been charged. Witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between a gray Dodge Charger and a dark-colored sports auto with tinted windows.

Gay, who made his Olympic debut in 2008, won a silver medal with the 4×100 meters relay team at the 2012 Games in London. Gay was suspended from competing until June 23, 2014. The Fayette County coroner confirmed she was the track star's daughter.

According to the Associated Press, Trinity Gay was a sprinter at Lafayette High in Lexington and finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the state Class 3A high school track meet in May, records show. "She wanted to be the fastest woman in the world, and they took that away from her", she said. "It was pretty awesome to watch her run and compete and still keep her spirits up high when she didn't win". "It's so insane." Tyson Gay lives in Florida and Trinity Gay often visits him when he takes breaks from training and competitions, although regularly, she lives with her mother in Lexington, KY.

The family's friends from the track and field sport extended their sincerest condolences to the bereaved family of Trinity. In an email, Fayette school spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said that there will be grief counselors available on Monday at Lafayette High School "for students and staff".

  • Leroy Wright