Trinity Gay – a 15-year-old high school athletics hopeful and the daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay – has died after a shooting in Kentucky.

Reports say she was shot in the neck at Cook Out restaurant in Lexington early on Sunday morning (16 October).

Lexington police say they responded to a report of shots fired at the Cook Out restaurant on South Broadway just before 4am.

According to WKYT people in two cars exchanged gunfire, then drove away.

Gay was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital with a gunshot wound to her neck.

Police say she was not in either car.

Officers say they have a description of the vehicles involved as a dark coloured sports car and a grey Dodge Charger.

Two people are currently being questioned, because their car matched the description of the Charger.

Police are still looking for the other vehicle that was involved.

Gay's father, who holds the US record for the 100m, told Lex18 of his shock at receiving the news.

Of the shooting Gay said, "She didn't make it. I'm so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It's so crazy. I have no idea what happened. "

Gay was a staple in the track and field community of Kentucky. She was a middle school state runner in the 100m and placed in the top four numerous times at the Kentucky High School Athletics Association state meet. She was the Region 6 AAA champion in the 200m last season.