Top tips on gun safety Here are some tips on gun safety at home from nonprofit Project Child Safe. Always keep the firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction, which means pointed so that no one would be injured if an accidental discharge occurred. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you actually intend to shoot. Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range. Be sure you know how your firearm o

Kentucky child fatally shot after gun malfunctions during target practice 

A 9-year-old in Kentucky has died after he was accidentally shot during target practice with his family and friends Monday.

Kentucky State Police were called to a home on Fox Hollow Road in Beattyville about 6 p.m. Monday after the shooting, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Lee County sheriff’s and emergency medical officials arrived to the scene and found Jeremiah Fox with a gunshot wound to his chest. 

»MORE: Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year, study finds

The child was flown to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center but later died in the emergency room.

The initial KSP investigation showed the gun malfunctioned and fired on accident, and the bullet hit Jeremiah in the chest. A state police detective and the Fayette County Coroner’s office are investigating.

Jeremiah’s family has created a GoFundMe to help with funeral costs because Jeremiah did not have insurance. The fundraising has raised more than $7,600, which exceeds the goal of $7,500.

»RELATED: Investigation: Guns take toll on Georgia children

“His loss is almost more than we can bear so please help us with one less worry on our minds. Money will go towards funeral and tombstone for our baby,” reads a message on the GoFundMe page.

A 2017 report led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that on average about 1,287 children and adolescents die from gun violence each year in the U.S.

Based on the data, an average of 5,790 American children receive medical treatment in an emergency room each year for a gun-related injury and about 21% of those injuries are unintentional.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports what’s really going on with your tax dollars and your elected officials. Subscribe today. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

Your subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

X