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Woman won't be charged for shooting boy who broke her windows

September 29, 2010 10:56 AM

Police say no charges will be filed against a 68-year-old woman who shot a 12-year-old boy after he and a 13-year-old friend broke the windows of her South Shore neighborhood home, then shouted obscenities and threw bricks at her.

The boys, however, have been charged as juveniles with aggravated assault of a person over the age of 60 and have been released to their parents, police said.

Police said the woman, who lives alone, acted in self-defense -- a belief shared by neighbors who said the woman known as "Miss Margaret" had been harassed by the boys before and had called police to no avail.

"She talked to me on Friday," Frenchie Johnson told reporters. "She said, 'Frenchie I've done had enough.' They set the garbage can on fire, her barbecue pit, this isn't the first time they busted a window. It's bad."

Late Tuesday afternoon, the woman returned to her home in the 7600 block of South Coles Avenue from grocery shopping and noticed all the windows broken, according to police. The woman then saw two boys running away.

The woman called police and was putting away her groceries when the boys showed up again, authorities said.

The woman walked out onto the porch and the boys began shouting obscenities and throwing bricks at her, authorities said. The woman then pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking one of the boys in the shoulder, authorities said.

The boy was treated at Comer Children's Hospital, and he and the 13-year-old were then charged with aggravated assault.

The 12-year-old's grandmother said he and his friend were just walking by the home when they were shot for no reason.

"He and his friend were walking down the street," Donna Virges told reporters. "And they saw a window broken at a woman's house, and as they passed by, they said she came out shooting."

"I hope they took her to jail, I hope so, something's wrong with her," she added.

Some neighbors also questioned the shooting.

"I think that's crazy, a lady would shoot at a child," Dominique Ward said. "How can you fix yourself to shoot at a 12-year-old?"

But most neighbors rallied around the woman, some saying they would have done the same thing because police are slow to respond to their complaints about vandalism.

"She was being protective of herself," said a man who lives next door. "What they did was wrong. Especially with her being an older woman."

The neighbor said someone vandalized his family's property about a week ago and broke out a window. "We just ran outside and that scared them off."

"I wouldn't have pulled out a weapon," he said. "But I'm glad [she] wasn't charged. She probably thought they were (going to) come in her house next. She was only protecting herself."

Other neighbors said the 12-year-old is well-known on the block.

"His name? As far as I know him, I call him the little bad boy," said Hilda Brunt.

-- Jeremy Gorner, Deanese Williams

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/12-year-old-boy-shot-in-arm-in-south-shore.html


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  • If this old woman was white they'd be rioting in the streets by now and Eric Holder would be after her.

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  • good my tax dollars wont be wasted

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  • fuck those kids, much much much more should be shot

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  • "The 12-year-old's grandmother said he and his friend were just walking by the home when they were shot for no reason."

    Classic, they always defend instead of at least entertaining the possibility of guilt. Do parents and grandparents really believe that helping their kids get away with wrongdoing is going to better their character ?, idiocy.

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  • Good job granny. Good job local prosecutor. Now shove it up this kids ass and don't forget his jackass parents, THEY are responsible for this little jackass.

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  • No reflection on you, Gregory, but this was posted only an hour ago. Both files were probably in the queue at the same time. Get with it, mods.

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  • the kids parents should be held responsible for there kids bad behaviour , on the other hand nice shooing lady you winged one of the little cunts

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  • I learned not to fuck with old folks back when I was a kid. I had a friend who insisted on walking across an old mans lawn even though the old man had asked him repeatedly not to do that. One day my younger brother was walking with that kid when the old man who was standing on teh sidewalk across the street from them calle dfor them to approach him. My brother stayed where he was while the yard walking kid went up to the old man. The old man shot him in the gut 4 times. When I visited the kid in More..

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  • Good!!! Fuck the children. They get far too much attention and protection. Fuck'em in the asshole with a big rubber dick. In a country where they are given everything... These little shits, in this country, have more rights than adults. At least they should respect the adults in the same proportion. And fuck their mothers, these stupid cunts, for bringing them to life and not keeping them on a leech. They breed these little fucks in order to get benefits from the councils, money paid by taxpayer More..

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  • That'll learn him.

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  • so, if my neighbors kids throw a brick at me i can blow his little fucking head off? SWEET!

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  • It's too bad that children are being neglected like this. Had they been taught a modicum of respect the woman probably would have been giving them thanks for helping her with the groceries, instead one is shot and both are now in the system. Good job Moms, keep on defending the little bastards and sparing the rod...

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  • Now shoot the damned parents for allowing their children to behave this way.

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  • Follow them home and burn down their houses.

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    • huh?

      Have you been throwing bricks thru an old lady's window?

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    • Don't try to fathom the LAB. You gonna hurt yoself. Just make quizzical faces and thumb down when appropriate.

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