Boy, 7, Mistaken for Intruder, Shot by Grandma
Grandmother not arrested, boy in critical condition
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2014 8:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Tampa grandmother allegedly fired a .22 caliber pistol into the dark this morning, shooting not the intruder she feared but her 7-year-old grandson, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The boy, Tyler Maddox, is now in critical but stable condition in the hospital. Hillsborough County deputies say Linda Maddox, 63, was watching Tyler and his twin brother while their father was at work, WESH reports. After the father left, Maddox wedged a chair against the bedroom door as a device to catch intruders; grandmother and grandsons then all fell asleep in the same bed.

About 1am, Maddox heard the chair move. She told police she grabbed the gun, pointed it at the door in the dark, and shot. Then Tyler started to scream—the bullet had hit him in his upper body. Maddox hasn't been arrested or charged, but an investigation continues. (A deputy in Virginia also recently shot his daughter after mistaking her for an intruder.)

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Aug 21, 2014 9:23 AM CDT
"If only that poor 7-year old victim had a gun of his own to defend himself, this whole tragedy could have been avoided," commented the NRA.
Aug 19, 2014 8:00 PM CDT
I see a lot of people here on forum are against guns. When you live in bad neighborhood which got to be bad because authorities don't do their job in the first place, then you have a right to protect yourself. This doesn't entail shooting brainlessly at everything that moves but making sure that you have a view of target before you even pull that trigger.
Phil B.
Aug 19, 2014 7:02 PM CDT
It sounds like granny is just a wee bit paranoid. And they let her have a gun?