Jordan Charlese Victorya Williams was trying to get inside her home on Wednesday night, but she was locked out.
So the 19-year-old tried to wake up her 72-year-old grandfather — who she lived with in Columbus, Ohio — by knocking on a bedroom window just before 11 p.m., police said, according to 10TV.
When Booker Moody heard the taps on his window, he grabbed a gun and opened fire, police said, according to 10TV.
Moody killed Williams with a single round from a shotgun without looking to see who he was shooting, police said, according to Fox28. The teen’s 1-year-old daughter, who was inside the home, did not suffer any injuries during the incident, Fox28 reported. “Relatives say Moody has dementia,” the station reported.
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When authorities arrived to the scene, they found Williams in her front yard, according to NBC4. She died after being taken to Grant Medical Center, the station reported.
Such tragedy has struck before.
In December, an Alabama father shot and killed his 22-year-old son after he mistook him for a thief, according to a December 2017 McClatchy report. Police say Logan Trammell’s father didn’t know that his son was borrowing the truck, so he aimed a shot at the car’s tailgate as it drove away — only to realize who he had shot.
His son was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
In a similar case reported on by McClatchy, authorities say Tony Rutherford, from Jay, Oklahoma, accidentally shot and killed his 13-year-old son because the teen was driving his older brother’s truck in April. Rutherford thought someone was stealing the vehicle, authorities say, and “gave chase and fired his rifle at the driver several times.”
And in March, an 81-year-old man shot and killed his 56-year-old son in Fulton County, Georgia, after he thought he heard someone breaking into his house, police say, according to a March McClatchy report. He and his wife were “distraught,” police say, but the two had a rocky relationship before that tragic night.
“He had filed a report of his son stealing some things and also previous drug history,” Chattahoochee Hills Police Chief Stoney Mathis said, according to WSB-TV.