Authorities in Arizona say an 11-year-old boy shot his grandmother dead after she asked him to tidy up his bedroom, before killing himself Saturday night.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) told the Arizona Republic that officials responded to a call from the boy’s grandpa, who reported that his wife, 65-year-old Yvonne Woodward, had been shot to death by their grandson.
Police said the grandfather, Doyle Hebert, shared custody of the unidentified child with his wife in Litchfield Park.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez reportedly said that the fatal shooting occurred after Hebert and Woodard “asked their grandson to clean his room and pick up after himself throughout the day,” adding that “he [the boy] was being stubborn about it.”
Enriquez said the grandparents are thought to have been watching television when “the boy came up behind them and shot Woodard in the back of the head” around 5 p.m.
Hebert, who police say owned the gun, reportedly told officials that he gave chase to the boy, but soon went back to the scene in order to provide aid to his dying wife. He then reported hearing another gunshot go off before witnessing his grandson collapse.
Police said there were no prior indications that the child would commit acts of violence upon himself or against other people, and neighbors do not appear to have observed anything concerning.
“Nice family. I knew the kid. I mean, he would ride his bicycle around, play around the neighborhood,” the family’s neighbor, Walter Venerable, told the Arizona Republic.
“You have that neighborly connection but your heart just wishes that you had more and you could’ve done more, you could’ve seen something or said something,” another neighbor, Danny Dillon, stated.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.
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