A 63-year old grandmother mistook her seven-year-old grandson for an intruder and shot the boy, who was behind a closed door trying to get in to her bedroom. It wasn’t until she heard his screams from being hit with the bullet that she realized her mistake, according to MSN News on Aug. 19.
Linda Maddox was in her Tampa, Florida home asleep in her bedroom with her twin seven-year-old grandsons sleeping in their room when their father left for work. Maddox had put a chair up against the back of her door handle for extra protection and when she heard the chair slide against the floor from someone trying to get in, she thought it was an intruder, reports the New York Post today.
She grabbed her 22-caliber revolver, which she kept loaded by her bed, and took aim at the door and shot once. The bullet went through the door and critically injured her grandson Tyler Maddox. He was taken to the hospital where Tampa Police report he remains in critical condition from the bullet wound.
The accidental shooting her grandson took place about 1 a.m., according to the New York Post today. She fired the shot into the dark window door out of fear there was an intruder on the other side.
This story comes on the heels of the sheriff’s deputy who thought his daughter was an intruder when she had tried to sneak back into their home in Virginia last week and tripped the alarm. The father grabbed his service handgun and went to the garage in the wee hours of the morning where he saw a dark silhouette and fired.
It wasn’t until the teen screamed that he realized it was his 16-year-old daughter that he just shot. The man scooped her up and rushed her to the hospital after calling 911. He was in such a state that he ran his car into a barrier.
The paramedics who were on their way to the house after the 911 call, saw the accident and pulled the girl out of the wreck. She was taken to the hospital where she remains in stable condition. This just goes to show you that regular everyday people can make mistakes when it comes to firearms and shooting the wrong person!