Pregnant woman allegedly shot by husband in Rockcastle County, family says

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Dec 28, 2021

ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Rockcastle Co. Deputy Coroner Jeff Smithern confirms a shooting took place on Monday night at 11:48 p.m. at 947 Flat Gap Road.

Emergency crews arrived and discovered a man deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He's been identified as 25-year-old Alex Helton.

A woman was also at the scene and suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to the deputy coroner. She was transported to UK Hospital.

LEX 18 spoke with Kaleigh Richards, who identified the victim as her cousin, Callie Powell Helton, and said the perpetrator was her cousin's husband, Alex Helton.

Richards said Helton was pregnant at the time, but she is not sure how the shooting affected the unborn baby.

“Callie would want everybody to know that she’s a fighter,” Richards said.

Richards said Helton is “stable,” but the Rockcastle County Sheriff’s Office told LEX 18 Tuesday that Helton was in critical condition.

The incident is being investigated as a domestic shooting. There are no other parties involved. The investigation is being led by the Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office.