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Charges filed in Fayette County boy's death

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The accidental shooting happened Tuesday afternoon. The accidental shooting happened Tuesday afternoon.

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SOMERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Authorities have charged a Fayette County man in relation to the accidental shooting death of a eight-year-old boy late Tuesday afternoon.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department charged the boy's step-father, Willie Dee Allen, with unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon.

According to an affidavit, when the victim, Dante Boyd, and his eight-year-old stepbrother returned home from school Tuesday afternoon, Allen told them to watch their one-year-old brother, and that he would be back in a minute.

After Allen left the residence, Boyd pulled a 9mm handgun from beneath the couch in the living room and began playing with it. According to the eight-year-old boy, Boyd pulled the trigger, resulting in a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Boyd was pronounced dead at Methodist Fayette Hospital Emergency Room a short time later.

According to an affidavit, Allen admitted to detectives that he was the owner of the handgun. Inspector Ray Garcia said Allen is a convicted felon, which prohibits him from owning or possessing a firearm.

"To have someone that young have their life cut short by something that's an accident, but a senseless accident," Garcia said.

Wednesday, neighbors were shocked by the tragedy.  Altrina Thorton, whose beauty salon is just down the street from where the shooting happened, said Boyd attended Central Elementary School with her daughter.

"It hit the kids hard at school; pretty hard," she said. "It was kinda sad today at school."

Authorities said their investigation is ongoing, and there could be further charges against Allen.

Meanwhile, there has been a fund set up for Dante Boyd at Regions Bank.

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