Booker Moody, 72, shot once through the window with a shotgun. Police said he told them he didn’t look out the window before or after firing, and it’s possible he thought the teen was an intruder.https://t.co/ZEKQlWjDDw
— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) August 18, 2018
COLUMBUS, OHIO — This grandfather shot at his window after hearing suspicious sounds. Little did he know it’d change his life.
According to ABC-6 New York, 72-year-old Booker Moody was startled during the night when something unexpected happened.
Reportedly, on Wednesday night, his 19-year-old granddaughter — Jordan Williams — had forgotten her house keys and decided to knock on his bedroom window. Not knowing she was the noise on the other side, Moody grabbed his shotgun and fired shots toward the window, hitting the teen.
The source says Moody’s daughter, Traci Brown, told local news her death was an accident. Brown mentions as follows.
“My dad is 72 years old, he got dementia so he don’t remember…I know personally if he knew it was her he wouldn’t have killed her.”
Brown further elaborates that Moody isn’t used to people knocking on his window. So, since the incident happened around 11 p.m., he possibly thought someone was attempting to break into his home.
The source reports police arrived and found the teen unresponsive in the front yard. Officers then placed her in the street, considering the scene an active shooter scenario. Reportedly, a S.W.A.T. team broke through Moody’s front door and took the 72-year-old into custody.
CPD says 72-year-old Booker Moody shot and killed 19-year-old Jordan Williams, his granddaughter, last night when he mistook her for an intruder. Moody is being charged with murder. @nbc4i pic.twitter.com/sk9T6TTs0A
— Matt Edwards (@MattEdwardsNBC4) August 16, 2018
Once paramedics arrived, they took the teen to a local hospital; however, soon thereafter, she was pronounced dead.
Accordingly, Moody is charged with murder. He’ll appear in court on Friday, as mentions the Franklin County Ohio Sheriff’s Office. Brown fought back tears as she mentioned the following to the source.
“I don’t know how I feel. Like I said it was an accident. My dad is 72-years-old, he got dementia so he don’t remember. If he don’t remember, he don’t remember. I know personally if he knew it was her he wouldn’t have killed her.”
“He’s old, don’t nobody knock on his windows,” she reiterates. “They knock on the door. If he don’t open it, he don’t open it.”
According to the source, the teen was Brown’s niece.
The source also notes that Williams’ one-year old daughter was inside the home at the time of the shooting.
“He’s not a bad man,” Brown explains. “He has seven kids, and he got I don’t know how many grandkids, and he has great grandkids, and he takes care of all of us.”
Likewise, 103.9 Jack FM reports that the family doesn’t want charges filed against him, especially given his condition — believing the shooting wasn’t at all intentional.
According to the National Institute on Aging, the organization defines “dementia” as follows.
“Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.”
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[Feature Photo via Franklin County Ohio Sheriff’s Office]