Accidental shooting at Caneyville Elementary School sends man to hospital

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Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 8:48 AM CST
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LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WBKO) - A Millwood man is facing charges after an accidental shooting at Caneyville Elementary School.

Matthew Nash, 37, is being charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property and first-degree wanton endangerment after being shot in his leg.

On Wednesday, Grayson County Sheriff Deputies responded to Caneyville Elementary School around 7:30 p.m. to a report of an accidental shooting.

Police determined Nash was running up and down the hallway of a school playing with a child when a gun fell from him and fired a shot.

Nash told police he was there to pick up his kids from junior pro practice when the shooting happened.

Police said several children were practicing with parents watching in the gym when the shooting happened.

Reports stated that although no children were injured, the gun was fired only a few feet away from the child in the hallway and from children at practice.

Nash was flown to U of L Hospital and released Thursday morning.

The investigation is ongoing, and no other injuries were reported.

The Grayson County School District released a statement addressing the incident.

“Jr. Pro Basketball is a non-school affiliated activity conducted in various schools as a benefit to the programs and to GCS students. This incident serves as an unfortunate reminder that gun safety, and safety in general, can’t be taken for granted,” Superintendent Doug Robinson said in the statement WBKO News. “We’re grateful that no children were injured, and remind the public that it is illegal to bring a weapon onto school grounds.”

The school’s principal will be sending a letter home for parents addressing the incident, as well.