COVINGTON, Ky. — One person is dead after he was shot on the 15th Street Bridge in Covington Thursday night while walking home from work, police said.

According to investigators, officers responded to the bridge on W. 15th Street around 9 p.m. for two shots fired. When they arrived, officers found 60-year-old Virgil Stewart laying on the bridge. He was taken to UC Medical Center where he died.

“It bothers me these days because the world is so out of control,” Annette Girton said. Girton is a Covington resident who walks her dog, China, over the 15th Street Bridge nearly every day.

Officers at the scene were told by a witness that two men fled the bridge following the shooting. A witness also told officers they observed the two men rifling through Stewart’s pockets before fleeing.

“It’s a shame that they would go through that and probably not get anything, not anything worth a life,” Girton said.

Going forward Girton said she’s be talking to the Lord when crossing the bridge.

“The devil is alive,” Girton said. “Prayer’s up.”

So far, police say the motive in the shooting is unclear.

“Anytime we have a case like this, it’s like putting a puzzle together,” Lt. Col. Brian Valenti said.

On Friday, police were out canvassing the area, looking for video and talking to witnesses.

“This is the kind of senseless violence we don’t want in our community,” Valenti said. “A gentleman, 60-years-old, heading home from work gets basically attacked by two young individuals, and now he’s dead.”

Police are hoping someone will come forward with details that lead to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Covington Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 859-292-2234.

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