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Brownsville man sought in deadly shooting

| Sunday, May 13, 2012, 4:27 a.m.

Authorities are seeking a Brownsville man in connection with a fatal shooting at a Fayette County housing project early Friday morning.

Bloody footprints lead away from the rowhouse at 19 South Hills Terrace, where resident Tony Thomas, 25, died of a gunshot wound to the neck after an alleged altercation.

Residents there refused to discuss the circumstances of the 3:15 a.m. shooting.

"Please, no names. She's real shook up, and we need to be with her right now," said a woman who answered the door. Bystanders said the shooting victim lived with his girlfriend at that address.

Chief county Detective Lawrence Curry said the suspect, Tyrique K. "Ghetto" Patterson, 23, of 12 South Hills Terrace, "should be considered armed and dangerous."

Curry described Patterson as a bald man, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

"We don't know what the underlying altercation was about," said Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon, who visited the shooting scene yesterday.

A bystander who refused to give her name said the victim was a good man.

"He was a stand-up character. He'd do anything for anybody. They took a hell of a man from us," she said.

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