11-year-old shoots grandmother in the head, turns gun on himself after she told him to clean his room
65-year-old Yvonne Woodard died after she was shot in the head by her grandson while watching TV with her husband at their home in Litchfield Park, Arizona on Saturday
An 11-year-old boy shot and killed his grandmother before using the gun to kill himself. Reports state that the child aimed the gun at the back of the grandmother's head and shot her while she was watching TV after she asked him to clean his room.
The boy, who has not been identified, shot 65-year-old Yvonne Woodard at their home in Litchfield Park, Arizona on Saturday, authorities said, according to ABC 15.
Police officers received a call around 5pm from a man who told them that his grandson had shot and killed his wife before killing himself. The child's grandfather was reportedly at home with his wife and the 11-year-old at the time of the incident.
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When Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies interviewed the grandfather, he said that his wife has asked the boy to clean up his room, however, he was being stubborn. He added that his wife had full custody of his grandson.
Shortly after, as the couple were in the living room watching television on the couch, the boy took out his grandfather's gun, walked up behind Woodard and shot her in the back of the head. The grandfather said that he ran towards the boy but he eventually decided to tend to his wife instead and call emergency services.
The grandfather, while talking to the investigators, also added that moments later he heard gunshots and discovered that the boy had turned the gun on himself.
Investigators later concluded that they found no evidence which suggested that the 11-year-old had prior plans of killing himself or anyone else.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, in a news release, said: "In the preliminary stages of this investigation, there had been no previous signs that the grandson might harm someone or himself and there was no cause for concern prior to this event." The investigation into the case is still ongoing.