Officer: 12-year-old fires gun at mother three times


BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WAGT) – A 12-year-old Georgia boy is in custody after firing three bullets at his mother as she begged for her life.

“She pleaded with him for about 20 minutes begging him not to kill her before he finally gave her the gun,” lead investigator Sgt. Dedric Smith said.

Officers say the gun was his father’s. It was stored in his parents’ room. That’s where investigators say the boy fired his first shot.

“I guess it was by the grace of God that it was an inch or two upward instead of downward. If it would have been more downward, it would have hit her in the back of the head because she was sitting at the table eating dinner,” Sgt. Smith said.

The two weren’t even in the same room. She would have never seen it coming.

“He shot through the door, the bedroom door,” Sgt. Smith said. “He was in the bedroom and she was in the kitchen area sitting at the table, and the shot basically just went over the top of her head.”

Investigator Smith says the boy wrapped a towel around the gun to try to muffle the sound. He says then the boy opened up the bedroom door and fired another shot. That one missed, too. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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