LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – For years, the national leading cause of death in kids was car accidents. However, troubling new numbers from the CDC show that is no longer the case.

In 2020, the leading cause of death in kids was handguns. The CDC says across the country, more than 45,000 people died from guns, and 10,000 of those victims were under 19.

Lexington police reports show in 2019, there were 30 homicides, six of the victims were 19 or younger, and all incidents involved a handgun. In 2020, eight victims out of 34 homicides were 19 or younger, and all of these involved guns. In 2021, there were 37 homicides, eight victims were 19 or younger, and all murders involved guns. So far this year, two out of the ten homicide victims were 19 or younger.

Those numbers might not sound like a lot, but that’s about 20% each year. And all of those deaths involved guns.

Lexington Police is working to get a side-by-side comparison of the number of handgun death in young adults 19 and under and car crash deaths.

One Lexington Director Devine Carama indicated seven people have been shot and killed this year, compared to 14 at this time last year.

Carama also said gun death in kids is not always connected to gang violence. This year, 10-year-old, Landon Hayes was killed with a gun but not related to gang violence.

Carama’s work with One Lexington is to try and make the city safer. The city-funded organization offers in-school mentoring groups and violence intervention workgroups, among other programs, to try to create a safer city.

Carama scheduled a conference for Tuesday afternoon where he is expected to announce new ways One Lexington will address gun violence among youth.