Chief: Police working 'around the clock' on shooting investigation


Police continued to investigate but have not made any arrests in connection with a drive-by shooting that led to a Mayfield woman's death.

Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent said investigators have worked around the clock, following up every lead since the shooting.

"We have received tips via phone, in person, via text and via Crimestoppers," he said. "We encourage anyone with information concerning this incident to contact the department."

The Mayfield Police Department may be reached at 270-247-1621.

Kent said the investigation had led to persons of interest with known gang affiliations, "but it would be premature at this point for me to comment if the crime was gang-related."

Additionally, he said, it would be premature at this point in the investigation to say whether SaVannah Hancock, 23, of Mayfield, was intended to be the shooting's target.

Hancock was struck by a bullet that went through the front door of a duplex at 702 Lee St. about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. A small child in the home was not hurt. Hancock was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, where she died Thursday.

"MPD has collected several pieces of evidence, and we are working today to get those to the proper laboratories for analysis," Kent said Friday.

Mayfield police have partnered with federal, state and other local agencies to investigate the shooting, Kent said, adding, "Agents, troopers and sheriff's deputies continue to provide active and ongoing support to our detectives."

Prosecutors from the Graves County Commonwealth Attorney's Office have also met with Mayfield police detectives, both at the scene of the shooting and subsequently as the department has applied for and executed numerous search warrants, Kent said.

Detectives have also been in contact with the Indiana Medical Examiner's Office regarding autopsy results. An autopsy was scheduled for late Friday at that office.