TAMPA, Florida (AP)
A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Linda Maddox, 63, and her twin grandsons were sleeping in a bedroom after her son, who is the boy’s father, had left for work, deputies said. Maddox told deputies she had placed a chair against the bedroom door handle for extra protection.
When she heard the chair sliding against the wood floor about 1 a.m. Tuesday, she assumed it was an intruder and grabbed a loaded .22-caliber revolver she keeps by the bed and fired one shot in the dark toward the door.
Seconds later, she heard her grandson Tyler Maddox scream, deputies said. He was shot once in the upper body. He was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
No charges have been filed against Maddox. A man at the home wouldn’t open the door when a reporter knocked and declined comment.
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