Coroner identifies Frankfort teen accidentally shot, killed on Christmas

Frankfort police say an accidental shooting on Christmas night critically injured a 16-year-old. | Photo by Sean Moody
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Officials say an accidental shooting on Christmas night has killed a 16-year-old in Frankfort.

Police say the shooting happened Thursday just before midnight during a Christmas gathering at the home on Taylor Avenue.

The victim has been identified as Dnomyar Russell. The Fayette County coroner reports that Russell died on after 2 p.m. Friday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

"Everybody was there celebrating Christmas there at the end of Christmas night, and that's when this terrible, tragic accident occurred," said Major Rob Warfel of the Frankfort Police Department.

Police said Dnomyar was somehow shot in the head, and emergency crews rushed the boy to Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He was then flown to UK Hospital.

Police have not said how Dnomyar was shot. They said their investigation is ongoing, but an initial investigation determined the shooting was accidental.

They say anytime people have guns in a house, they have to treat them with care.

"Anytime there's a loaded firearm in the house, there's the potential there for danger. You should always, if you're handling a firearm, always handle it as if it were loaded even if you think that it isn't," Warfel said.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been scheduled.

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