7-Year-Old Fatally Shoots 5-Year-Old Child in Eastern Kentucky

7-Year-Old Fatally Shoots 5-Year-Old Child in Eastern Kentucky
Police tape in a file photo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

MCKEE, Ky.—A 7-year-old child fatally shot a 5-year-old child inside a home in eastern Kentucky, police said.

An initial investigation found that the shooting reported Monday evening at the home in McKee was accidental, Kentucky State Police said in a statement.

Life-saving measures were attempted, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson County coroner, police said. An investigation continues, said police, who did not identify those involved.

Kentucky does not have any laws that impose a penalty on those that fail to secure an unattended firearm, according to Giffords Law Center. However, the state prohibits anyone from “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly” providing a handgun to a minor unless the minor has legal permission to possess a handgun.

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