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Nine-year-old boy dies in shooting

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SOMERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - A nine-year-old boy was shot and killed late Tuesday afternoon near Highway 195 and Clark Road in Fayette County.

The boy, identified by his grandfather as Dante Boyd, apparently accidentally shot himself in the chest. 

Inspector Raymond Garcia of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department said Dante was transported to Methodist Fayette Hospital where he was pronounced dead just after 5:00 p.m.

"The kid was playing with a gun," neighbor Floyd Holmes said. "It's just sad. It really is."

As family and friends gathered at Dante's home, Holmes called him a sweet child.

"All he ever called me was Uncle Floyd and I called him Little Man," he said.

Dante went to Central Elementary school.

"We'll be talking to them and have some of our ministers come in to console the children and put their minds to ease," Superintendent Myles Wilson said.

Investigators said the shooting appeared to be an accident. They would not say who owned the gun or how Dante found it.

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