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Grandmother shoots 7-year-old grandson late at night after mistaking him for intruder

By Mason White 12:22 PM August 21, 2014
Linda Maddox with the twins 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A young boy was shot by his own grandmother while she was babysitting him.

63-year-old Linda Maddox, shot her 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder at her home in Florida.

Tyler Maddox remains in critical condition after his grandmother shot him once in the upper body inside her home in Tampa, around 1:00 a.m.

Linda had been taking care of Tyler and his twin brother at night, after their father, Reginald, went to work.

Before she went to sleep, Linda placed a chair against the handle of the front door for added protection, but when she heard the chair sliding across the wooden floor, she thought an intruder was entering her home.

She grabbed a loaded .22 caliber revolver, which she kept beside the bed, and fired a shot in the direction of the door in the dark, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff.

Seconds later, she heard her grandson screaming, and she realized that he had been shot. He was struck once in the upper body and was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.

Linda was not arrested and so far, no charges have been filed. Deputies are continuing to investigate the incident.