A Western Washington University student died Friday morning after accidentally shooting himself in the head.

It happened around 4 a.m. in the 900 block of Key Street.

A Bellingham police spokesperson said some students had been drinking and were playing with the gun when it happened. The victim died at the hospital.

Police say it appears the victim thought the gun was not loaded. They do not believe foul play was involved.

The victim s name was not immediately released.

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