A grandmother shot her 7-year-old grandson -- after mistaking him for an intruder. We've heard these stories before of people mistaking their children for intruders and shooting them -- but usually it's not so young. What on Earth could a 7-year-old have done that made him seem like a burglar? Apparently, he shook his grandmother's door.
Grandmother Linda Maddox was reportedly sleeping with her twin grandsons while the children's father was at work. She had placed a chair against the door for extra protection, and sometime during the night she awoke to the sound of the chair sliding across the wood floor.
Apparently assuming it was an intruder, she grabbed her gun and fired one shot in the dark towards the door. That's when she heard the screams of her grandson, Tyler, whom she had hit in the upper torso.
Ugh, how horrible for the little boy! And the grandmother, who must have been completely startled hearing her grandson cry out like that.
Fortunately, it appears the little boy, who was rushed to the hospital, will be okay.
There are a lot of questions here, such as why would the grandmother be so extremely worried for her safety that she not only had a loaded gun near her bed, but also put a chair under the door? Had she been robbed before? Did she live in a high crime area? Does she watch Fox News? (I keed.)
And a loaded gun with two children nearby while you're asleep doesn't sound too safe. Also, what if the children needed to go to the bathroom or leave the room for some reason? Would this not be a consideration when you hear the chair move?
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Well, no sense in Monday morning quarterbacking the scenario, but hopefully people will read a story like this and think twice next time they want to shoot first, assess the situation second. We really have heard this story too many times. This was a mistake, but a reckless one.
So far, no charges have been filed.
Do you think she should be charged?
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