KSP: 9-year-old boy dies in accidental shooting in Lee County

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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police say a 9-year old boy accidentally shot himself in the chest when the gun he was using malfunctioned.

Investigators identified the boy as Jeremiah Fox, of Beattyville. KSP says it happened around 6 p.m. on Monday on Fox Hollow Road.

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State Police say Fox was target shooting with family and friends when the accidental shooting happened. Fox was airlifted to UK Hospital in Lexington, where he died from the gunshot wound, according to KSP.

He was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m., according to Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.

The shooting is still under investigation.