Florida woman shoots grandson after mistaking him for intruder

Florida woman shoots grandson after mistaking him for intruder
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A Tampa woman shot her 7-year-old grandson, apparently thinking he was an intruder in her home.

The boy is in critical condition, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies. He was shot around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Linda Maddox, 63, was sleeping in her home, as were her twin grandsons. Maddox told the police she put a chair against the bedroom door for security, and she fired a revolver toward the door when she heard the chair move.

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Unfortunately, the sound wasn't caused by an intruder, but her grandson Tyler Maddox. After being shot in the upper body, Tyler was taken to a hospital.

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