Trinity Gay, a sprinter for Lafayette High School, killed in a shooting in Kentucky

Trinity Gay, a rising sprint athlete and the daughter of US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, has been killed in a shooting in the US state of Kentucky.

According to reports, the 15-year-old was shot in the neck as two cars exchanged gunfire in a restaurant car park.

Trinity was a sprinter for Lafayette High School, running the 100m and 200m.

“She didn’t make it. I’m so confused,” Tyson, the US 100m record-holder and three-time world gold medallist, was reported as having told LEX18. “She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”

The Lexington Police Department said in a statement: “Around 4 a.m. Sunday, October 16, officers responded to the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant located at 855 S. Broadway in reference to shots fired. Witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, a gray Dodge Charger and a dark-colored sports car with tinted windows.

“A juvenile who was struck at the scene was transported to a hospital by private vehicle and then transferred to UK Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified by the Fayette County Coroner’s office as 15-year-old Trinity Gay of Lexington.”

USATF was among those to express condolences and tweeted: “Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.”

Julian Tackett, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, tweeted: “Shocked to hear of death of Trinity Gay. A life of such potential cut so tragically short. Sympathies to Tyson and entire family.”