Eastern Ky. man shoots 2 children, 1 fatally

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VICCO, Ky. (KT) - A Perry County man is in custody, after allegedly shooting two of his children, one of them fatally.


Kentucky State Police say troopers from the Hazard Post, along with Deputies from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Montgomery Creek Road, shortly before 10:30 Wednesday morning after reports that two children had been shot.


According to the KSP, their Initial investigation indicates that David N. Hampton, 36, of Vicco, shot two of his juvenile children.


Both children were evacuated from a neighboring home, belonging to a relative, by troopers to awaiting ambulances.  They were taken to Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, where one of them was pronounced dead by the Perry County Coroner’s Office.  The second one was flown to a hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., to be treated for a gunshot wound.  That child’s condition is not known.


State Police Trooper Adam Gayheart told WYMT-TV in Hazard that, as a father himself, this was heartbreaking.  “It’s absolutely gut-wrenching to think that a child is injured, in any type of way, is really hard to take, and I just can’t imagine what that feeling must be like," he said.


Hampton was arrested and is charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of wanton endangerment.  His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 20.


This incident remains under investigation by Detective Josh Huff.

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