Huffington Post, September 29, 2010
A South Side woman shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy Tuesday after weeks of being “terrorized” by the child and his friends, who threw bricks at her home, set her garbage can on fire and destroyed her grill.
The woman, who is in her late 60s or early 70s and known as “Miss Margaret” by neighbors, returned to her home in the 7600 block of South Coles Avenue Tuesday afternoon to find her windows broken, the Chicago Tribune reports.
“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.”
Neighbors told NBC Chicago that the boys, the wounded 12-year-old, a 13-year-old friend and some other youths, have been “terrorizing” the woman for some time.
Police told the Tribune that the woman would not be charged, and she was acting in self-defense.
[WGN-TV’s news story on this matter can be viewed here.]