August 19, 2014 10:20 pm -

A Florida grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after she mistook him for an intruder who had broken into her home, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.


[su_center_ad]63-year-old Linda Maddox and her twin grandsons were sleeping in a bedroom after her son — the boy’s father — had left for work at the postal service, deputies said.

According to what Maddox told deputies, she placed a chair against the bedroom door handle for extra protection while they slept.

The Associated Press reports that when the grandmother heard the chair sliding against the wood floor at about 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, she assumed it was an intruder. So, she  grabbed a loaded .22-caliber revolver she kept by the bed and fired one shot in the dark toward the door.  With children in the house.

It was just seconds later that she heard her grandson Tyler Maddox scream, according to deputies.

The little boy was shot once in the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez said that the grandmother felt unsafe when her son would work overnight, so she would bring her grandchildren into the bedroom with her and block the door with a leaning chair.

She said deputies have been called to the house 12 times since 2011, including a call about a suspicious person on June 20, 2011, and a suspicious vehicle last Jan. 2. None of those calls turned into anything significant, she said.

Wait for it — No charges have been filed against Maddox. [su_sky_ad]

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D.B. Hirsch
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14 responses to Florida Woman Shoots Grandson; Thought He Was An Intruder

  1. Um Cara August 19th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Where’s a good granny with a gun when you need her?

  2. Tommy6860 August 19th, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Heh, there’s something to be said about competency and gun owners. 🙁

  3. Craig Fortune August 19th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Why do you have a Picture of Irene Ryan with this story.

    • Anomaly 100 August 19th, 2014 at 10:49 pm


    • granpa.usthai August 19th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      JIC you’ve missed recently posted post – this is kinda like the Host sense of humor in posting a picture of someone totally unrelated to the facts. Won’t surprise me if he figures out a way to get a photo of Rickles slipped in somewhere, maybe in a post about women’s private places in Dallas or Huston, NC?

      • Anomaly 100 August 20th, 2014 at 8:59 am

        This is because (see the last line of the post), she was not charged, therefore there is no picture of her, so I went with one of a granny. The Granny.

  4. Old Top Kick August 19th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Kid should have had a gun.

    • granpa.usthai August 20th, 2014 at 12:05 am

      will make a good commercial for children’s Kevlar sleepwear though.

      ‘how many times have you critically wounded one of your offspring’s little rugra-uh lovely children while trying to get some sleep ?’

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  5. granpa.usthai August 19th, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    nice line, just wondering if it’d work about 16 to 17 times? Oldest and next to youngest are OK, with one being on the last nerve, rest of ’em; “granpa will not always strive to be nice with them that keeps ratting him out.”

  6. Larry Schmitt August 20th, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Somebody tell us again why it’s a good idea to have a loaded gun handy, so when you wake from a sound sleep, you can grab it and shoot at something you can’t see, because you thought you heard a sound you “assumed was an intruder.”

  7. Shades August 20th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I’m horrified she shot into the dark and hit her grandson. I’m pissed off beyond all boundaries the woman hasn’t been arrested.

    • Bunya August 20th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Florida has that wonderful “stand yer ground” law which okays her to shoot with impunity. Maybe this law is Florida’s way of controlling the population.

  8. Kriegar August 27th, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Oh lord. I get it now-it’s the equivalent of an NRA page! Just that it’s ANTI-everything.