Florida woman shoots grandson, 7, after mistaking him for intruder

TAMPA Fla. Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:37am EDT

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TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A 7-year-old Florida boy was in critical but stable condition on Tuesday after being shot by his grandmother, who mistakenly thought he was an intruder, sheriff's officials said.

Linda Maddox, 63, was asleep with her twin grandsons in Tampa after the boys' father had gone to work, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Just before 1 a.m. EST, she heard a chair that she had put against the bedroom door handle for extra protection sliding on the wood floor. Thinking it was an intruder, she fired a shot in the dark from a .22-caliber revolver she kept by the bed, authorities said.

"Seconds after firing, she heard the screams of her grandson, Tyler," the sheriff's office said in statement.

The child was hit in the upper body and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (32)
ruffsoft wrote:
We need more security conscious gun owners like this grandmother.
The grandson should not have been up at that hour.

Aug 19, 2014 9:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
1Amergal wrote:
This is why guns are a bad idea. Too many being kept and used by untrained people who should opt for better methods of keeping their homes safe. She didn’t even wait to get a visual on the “burglar”. Shoot first and ask questions later again.

Aug 19, 2014 10:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LogicalOne wrote:
I can’t even..

Aug 19, 2014 10:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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