Grandma accidentally shoots her 7-year-old grandson

TOWN N COUNTRY, FL - A woman accidentally shot her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday morning after she thought there was an intruder in her home, police said.

Linda Maddox was sleeping with her twin grandsons, Tyler Maddox and his brother, at her home in Florida.

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, WFTS reported. 

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.

She had shot him in the upper body. Tyler Maddox was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

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