UPDATE: Grandma Who Shot 12-Year-Old Boy Says She's Sorry
(CHICAGO) (WLS) - A 68-year-old grandmother is explaining why she shot a 12-year-old boy who threw bricks at her.
"I didn't want to be a statistic at the hands of some young man," said Margaret Mathews.
Matthews says she doesn't want to be called a hero. She says she was just protecting herself.
Neighbors say Matthews had been the target of what they call a campaign of harassment by the 12-year-old and his friend. They claim the boys had set one of her rugs on fire, damaged her grill and broken windows at her home as recently as last week.
"There is nothing heroic about any individual getting hurt by another individual's hand," said Matthews.
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