57-year-old Tina Owens, of Jarvisville, West Virginia, heard noises outside her home Sunday evening around 11:30 p.m. Owens and her son, who lives next door, thought there were intruders trying to tamper with their property.
According to the sheriff, "Tina went outside to investigate, in doing so she brought a .40-caliber handgun with her. Upon hearing what she thought were intruders she fired her .40-caliber several times in an attempt to scare the intruders away."
One of the bullets pierced the wall of her son's home and struck 11-year-old William Owens as he lay sleeping in his bed. William died of his injuries.
It is unclear whether there were any intruders. Police didn't find anyone else at the scene when they arrived.
Harrison County Prosecutor said he will seek criminal indictment of Owens in the death of her grandson, William. He said it was a difficult but necessary decision because the case could have resulted in injuries to even more people.
"It's an important public issues," he said, "particularly concerning the responsibility that comes along with exercising your Second Amendment rights."