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Update: Case against man accused of shooting two kids in Perry County sent to Grand Jury

Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 11:49 AM EDT
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PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -

11:47 a.m. UPDATE 10-26-20

Both sides agree to send David Hampton’s case to the Grand Jury.

Both sides agree to send David Hampton case to the Grand Jury.

1:20 p.m. Update 10-20-2020

David Hampton had his first day in court Tuesday in Perry County, his arraignment began virtually around 10 a.m.

The formal arraignment was waived and the judge entered a not guilty plea.

A preliminary hearing date is set for October 27th.

Hampton is charged with murder, attempted murder, two counts of wanton endangerment 1st degree, and resisting arrest.

10:14 a.m. Update 10-16-2020

We now know the name of the child killed in the Perry County shooting Wednesday.

Perry County Deputy Coroner Jeff Combs tells WYMT that 2-year-old Sunday Rose Hampton died in the shooting.

Her visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 18th at Maggard’s Mountain View Chapel. Her funeral will be for family and close friends only at 12 p.m. Monday, October 19th.

6:06 p.m. Update 10-15-2020: On Thursday, the road outside of the homes, that officials were investigating, was much calmer.

On Wednesday, the road was full of Kentucky State Police and Perry County Sheriff’s Office officials working the scene trying to piece together the puzzle. One child that was shot was flown to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee and is expected to survive.

“That’s in the works, detectives are working diligently to try to find out what led up to the point of that shooting," said Trooper Matt Gayheart. “We actually got word this morning that the child is still listed in stable condition and as of now is expected to make a full recovery,” added Gayheart.

The suspect in the case, David Hampton, is expected to be arraigned virtually at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20.

6:30 p.m. Update 10-14-2020: On Wednesday morning, officials with Kentucky State Police and the Perry County Sheriff’s Office were called to Montgomery Creek Road in Vicco. Officials say the shooting is now a murder investigation.

“One juvenile was shot and is confirmed deceased, and another juvenile was shot and been flown out for medical treatment," said Trooper Matt Gayheart with Kentucky State Police.

Gayheart said this led police to charge 36-year-old David Hampton with murder along with other charges. Hampton is also the dad of the two children who were shot.

“Attempted murder and two counts of wanton endangerment," said Gayheart. "He was arrested and lodged in the Perry County Jail.”

Gayheart said as a dad himself, this is 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," added Gayheart.

Gayheart said the shooting happened at one house but those inside ran next door to a relative’s house.

“I think they fled from the original house to seek shelter," said Gayheart.

Officials received search warrants to search both homes.

“Just to gather those key pieces of evidence from inside the residence, that’s one of the protocols for us to get a search warrant, for in order to do that," added Gayheart.

2:45 p.m. Update 10-14-2020: Officials with Kentucky State Police confirm one juvenile is dead and another was flown to a hospital following Wednesday morning’s shooting.

We’re told the injured juvenile was taken by air to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee. We do not know their condition at this time.

Police also tell us David Hampton, 36, of Vicco is in custody and is charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of wanton endangerment.

Hampton was arrested in the home where the shooting happened. Trooper Matt Gayheart says shootings like this are just gut-wrenching.

“Its absolutely gut-wrenching to think that a child is injured in any type is really hard to take I just can’t imagine what that feeling must be like," said Gayheart.

Original Story 10-14-2020:

We are following a breaking story in Perry County.

Police tell WYMT at least two people were injured in a shooting Wednesday morning.

It happened on Montgomery Creek Road in the Vicco community.

Officials with Kentucky State Police say they are shutting down the road and it will stay closed for a while.

The scene is very active and there is an ongoing investigation.

Troopers tell us no one is charged in connection with the case at this time.

WYMT’s Dakota Makres is there and is gathering more information.

This story will be updated.

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