RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Richmond police said 18-year-old Alexis Jenkins, of Lexington, was shot at the RC Conference Hall Sunday morning.

A private party was being held at the hall when shots rang out.

Police said when they arrived at the place early Sunday morning, they found Jenkins had been shot. Police said Jenkins was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Owners of nearby businesses said the area is becoming more dangerous.

Phillip Blankenship owns a business next door. He said there’s a party at the convention hall each weekend and is worried about the ongoing violence.

“It’s scary, after 10 or 11 o’clock, I’m out of here. When this thing begins to fill up its open containers, there’s drugs, I pick up needles out back, we know there was a murder in this hotel three years ago. Now, sadly enough, the teenager was killed in this alley,” Blankenship said.

Business owners hope city leaders can do something to stop the violence.

Richmond police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 859-624-4776.