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4-year-old Iowa boy dies after accidental shooting

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UPDATE: Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher confirms that a 4-year-old boy died after an accidental shooting in Elgin Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Fisher says he believes the boy accidentally shot himself in the head. 

The Fayette County Sheriff says this is a very active investigation. 

According to initial reports, the boy's mom and two children were visiting a friend at the Elgin home.

The sheriff says the 4-year-old, as well as a younger child, were left inside while the mom and a friend stepped outside. That is when the gun was fired.

The child was taken to the West Union hospital where he died.

The Fayette County Sheriff confirms the gun is legally owned by the homeowner.

KWWL spoke to a very shaken witness who said the mother ran to a near by business screaming for help.

The witness also told us, the homeowner was not at home at the time of the incident.
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A 4-year-old accidentally shot himself and has a wound to the head.

The child and his family were visiting a friend at 210 Main Street in Elgin at the time of the shooting.

The child is at the hospital in West Union. His status is unknown.

As of now, we are unsure if the child and his family are from Elgin or not.

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