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Amish child accidentally shot and killed in Ligonier

LIGONIER, Ind.-- A 7-year-old Amish boy was accidentally shot and killed by his brother who was shooting at ground moles on their farm.


The Noble County Coroner said Jaylin Miller died at the scene from a single gunshot wound.


The Noble County Sheriff's report said the gun accidentally discharged.


On Monday hundreds of people from the small town showed up to the visitation to pay their respects to the Miller family.


A firearms expert at the Midwest Gun and Range said it's very dangerous to shoot a gun at the ground.


Rocco Rigsby said, “I mean that could be very dangerous. I mean you are shooting multiple projectiles out of a shotgun at a close proximity. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction, always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, and always keep the gun unloaded until you’re ready to use.”


Rigsby said that gun owners should never rely on a safety switch to keep their gun from going off.


“You have to keep in mind that a safety is a mechanical device that can and will fail. So never rely on the safety in general. You yourself need to be safe, always keep your finger away from the trigger.”

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