Grandmother accidentally shoots and kills one of her twin grandsons

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By Nigel Boys

Sixty-three-year old grandmother, Linda Maddox, believes in sleeping secure in her bed at night and that’s why she keeps a loaded .22 caliber revolver handy in case of intruders during the night.

However, one night last week, the concerned grandmother decided to place a chair against the door handle to her bedroom, for additional security, because her 7-year-old twin male grandchildren were staying with her for the night while their father went to work.

Reportedly, around one in the morning, Tyler Maddox, one of the twins, decided for some reason to get out of bed and walk around for a while, probably answering a call of nature, but his grandmother didn’t know that he had arose. Consequently, when Maddox heard a sound at her bedroom door, she thought it was an intruder, picked up the revolver, aimed it in the general direction of the door and opened fire with one bullet.

It was only after she heard his screams that Maddox realized that she had shot one of the grandchildren she was trying to protect, according to sheriff’s officials from Hillsborough County, Florida.

After turning on the lights in the bedroom, it was discovered that young Tyler had been shot in the chest and was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he remains in a critical, but stable condition.

The twin boys usually live at the home of their father, 46-year-old, Reginald Maddox, but since he had to work night shift as a postal worker, their grandmother had been placed in charge of their care in her home at 6505, Alta Monte Drive, Tampa, Fl.

On Reginald’s Facebook page, friends and family rushed to show their support and prayers of help as soon as the incident was known. They also posted happy pictures of the twins, enjoying sports and family days out.

No charges have been filed against Linda Maddox and the authorities are reported as treating it as an accidental shooting. However, deputies have sealed off the house with police tape and are continuing their investigations.

According to state records, neither the grandmother or father of the twins has any record of a run in with the law, but there are a few recorded incidents in which deputies have been called to the home on reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area.



  1. Loretta Ramsingh

    August 24, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Great reporting. First, says he was killed in headline, but is still in critical but stable condition, so what is the truth?

  2. phoenyx

    August 24, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Exactly, Loretta. Anyway, I hope he is in critical condition because if he dies the grandma will never forgive herself for such a horrendous accident…

  3. April

    August 24, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I’m sorry this happen n i hope he make it…..but I’m confuse with this headline it says he died but if u read the story ut says he’s in stable condition mmmmm huh

  4. mmdccbslm

    August 24, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I don’t feel sorry for her at all. she had that gun and wanted to shoot someone. she was so focused on shooting someone she forgot her grandsons were with her. my sympathies are with the child and his parents and brother. no more sleepovers with grandma. she’s a stupid gun nut.

  5. sweet1

    August 24, 2014 at 8:21 am

    How could she just open fire knowing children were in the house? So sad….

  6. Bucktooth

    August 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Sad! Too many guns!

  7. Bucktooth

    August 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Is the child dead or critically dead???????

  8. Sonja Mack

    August 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    read between the lies. praying for a speedy recovery hope Grandma will find out what is going on before she shoots.

  9. Butch

    August 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    WTF? Lock her crazy arse up!!! She knew what she was doing. Obviously, she didn’t like the child. She should more concerned about the kids than herself. Charges need to be filed…I don’t care who she is.

  10. Sumayyah

    August 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Grandma is way to paranoid! Is her neighborhood that bad who’s barricades their door with chairs then your just shooting you didn’t check the bed first did you not think a kid has to go to the bathroom at night! Trigger happy grandma crazy! My prayers are with the children and their parents!

  11. Diva

    August 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

    The woman was negligent. She should have asked the person to identify themselves PRIOR to shooting. She knew there were children in the home, so WHY barricade herself in so even the kids couldn’t get to her if they needed protection? I wouldn’t let her watch a cat. Take her gun away, and get her some psychological help; she’s unstable if she’s doing all of that in her house. The gun was enough protection. Prayers for the rest of the family.

  12. Tony

    August 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    So unfortunate , granny must live in a bad hood to be so paranoid.

  13. bbt411

    August 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Ummmmm… it normal to put someone’s specific home address in an article like this? Why does that strike me as so so wrong? For once I agree with Anastasia…….only the first statement…..not the ignorant one.

  14. Sheila

    August 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I also don’t understand why we needed to know whether or not they had a criminal record.
    Also, if your grand kids are in the house why is the door closed and a door under the knob?
    I pray the little boy survives if he isn’t already dead (depending on which part of the article is correct.

  15. william alexander

    August 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I thought he died…that grandmother is crazy she just fired a gun knowing that there are children in the house…just fired because her paranoid ass is paranoid

  16. Linda

    August 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I’m just not computing she was barricaded in her room and the children were else where Y ? If she’s so busy protecting the children y was she locked off from them ? Some Children do get up in the middle of the night and so do adults something stinks here

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