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9-year-old boy dies after accidentally shooting himself

The Fayette County Coroner's office confirms the victim's name is TaShawn Watson. He died from a gunshot wound to the head. The death is being investigated as an accident.

Watson, a third grader at Cassidy elementary was playing with a younger brother in the garage of the home, according to police when they found a gun. Police say the gun accidentally went off hitting Watson in the head. He was rushed to UK hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the boy's mother was upstairs at the time of the shooting.

Cassidy school officials contacted every third grader's parents Tuesday night to alert them of the incident. Officials also say they will have a special staff meeting in the morning and grief counselors will be on hand.

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