Linda Maddox: Tampa-area woman accidentally shoots 7-year-old grandson

TOWN 'N' COUNTRY, Fla. - Deputies said a Tampa-area woman accidentally shot her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday morning after she thought he was an intruder.

Investigators said Linda Maddox was sleeping with her twin grandsons, Tyler Maddox and his brother, at 6505 Alta Monte Drive.

The boys' father had gone to work, and the grandmother placed a chair against the bedroom door handle for extra protection.

Just before 1 a.m., Linda Maddox, 63, heard the chair sliding against the wood floor.

Assuming it was an intruder, she grabbed a loaded .22 caliber revolver she keeps by the bed and she fired one shot in the dark, towards the door.

Seconds after firing, she heard the screams of her grandson, Tyler.

Tyler was shot in the upper body and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he remains in critical, but stable condition.

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