Alisha Tye, 35, formerly of Salem, died at UK Medical Center Sunday morning from a gunshot wound to the head.

According to family members, Tye was three months pregnant when shot Saturday morning by her boyfriend.

Police arrested Sam Cornett, 52, over the weekend, in connection to his girlfriend’s shooting.


New details are emerging from the incident, according to Lexington Channel 18.

Neighbors on Skull Branch Road say it was around midnight when they heard the shooting. Seconds later, they saw Cornett walking away with his 2-year-old daughter.

“That guy comes outside and has the little girl by her hair and is cussing and just walks on up the holler,” said neighbor Brandon Brown.

That’s when Brown went inside his neighbor’s house to see Tye bleeding from a gunshot wound to her head.

“It’s got me pretty tore up. Something I wish I had never seen,” said Brown.

“She was begging for me to help her, I couldn’t help her. God help me, I wish I could have helped her but I couldn’t,” said homeowner Amanda Ross.

Ross said Cornett is her nephew, and they were trying to protect his girlfriend who was hiding from him.

The family of 5 says he kicked in the door and pointed a gun at each of them, threatening to shoot.

They say he found Tye with their daughter in the back bedroom.

“He was shooting around her and she had the baby in her arms,” said Ross.

Witnesses say he shot his girlfriend, who was three months pregnant, in the head.

“She wouldn’t hurt nobody. She loved her baby and she loved that baby that she was carrying,” said Ross.

Even being family, the Ross’ say they hope Cornett never is released from jail.

“I hope he gets what’s coming to him for her to get justice. She needs justice done,” said Ross.