March 23, 2016 10:30 am

8-year-old boy fatally shoots Texas woman

An young attendee inspects an assault rifle during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

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PALESTINE, Texas  — Authorities say an East Texas woman was fatally shot after an 8-year-old boy picked up a rifle and it accidentally discharged at a home.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor says the boy picked up a rifle while in a room with the woman’s husband, who was cleaning weapons Saturday. The bullet hit 23-year-old Carmen Danielle Morris in the head. She was in another room.

The Elkhart woman died Sunday at a hospital.

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Taylor said the boy was a relative of Morris’ husband but was not the couple’s child.

Taylor says it’s believed the incident was a tragic accident.

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