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Grandma accidentally shoots 11-year-old W.Va. boy

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 04:04 PM

JARVISVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — An 11-year-old West Virginia boy died of a gunshot wound to the chest after one of several bullets his grandmother had fired at suspected intruders went through his bedroom wall.

William Owens was lying in his bed just before midnight Sunday when a bullet from the .40-caliber handgun pierced the trailer's wall and struck him, Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano said Monday.

Tina Owens, 57, had not been charged as of Monday afternoon, but Marano said the investigation was continuing. The results will be turned over to the Harrison County prosecutor's office, which will decide whether to pursue charges.

Tina Owens' home and the boy's home are about 200 yards apart in the rural area of Jarvisville, Marano said. Tina Owens and her son both went outside their homes when they heard what they thought were intruders.

"She thought they were tampering with her property," Marano said, "and she fired multiple times to scare them off."

It's unclear whether there were any intruders. Marano said deputies found no one else at the scene when they arrived.

Marano said other children were in the home at the time, but no one else was hurt.