KSP investigating child shooting

Published 2:53 pm Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kentucky State Police are investigating an accidental shooting involving two children.

According to a news release from KSP, they received a call from Bell County Dispatch at approximately 8:31 p.m. Wednesday about an accidental shooting that occurred at a residence on Charles Collett Road in the Blackmont community of Bell County. Troopers responded and began an investigation.

Police said that the preliminary investigation indicates that an 11-year-old boy allegedly accidentally shot his 6-year-old sister in the head with a handgun. The 6-year-old was transported to Middlesboro ARH and then flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, for her injuries. She was alert and responsive at the time of transport to UT.

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As of Thursday afternoon, the girl was reported to be in critical but stable condition.

The police also stated that at the time of the shooting, “the children were left unattended with no adult supervision inside the home with several loaded firearms that were not properly secured.” Charges in this case are still pending, according to KSP.

KSP Detective Aaron Frederick is continuing the investigation.

Brian O’Brien of The Big One 106.3 FM WRIL contributed to this article.