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Woman, 8-year-old son shot in Smithfield

Posted September 5, 2012
Updated September 6, 2012

— A woman in her 20s and her 8-year-old son were shot multiple times inside a Smithfield home Wednesday evening, police said.

Officers were dispatched to 38 Towbridge Drive shortly before 8 p.m. to investigate after neighbors reported hearing several gunshots.

The mother, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital, where she was listed in fair condition. The boy was in critical condition early Thursday.

Police have not offered a motive for the shooting, but did say it was not random.

Several persons of interest are being interviewed, police said.


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  • piene2 Sep 6, 2012

    "I guess the people who hate guns haven't seen the several headlines this past week alone both locally and nationally where people stabbed their victims. Oh yeah and take note of the word I used "victims" meaning more than one person. So much for guns being only the thing that can kill more than one person.

    Yes well most people will stand around texting while a maniac with a knife goes around shooting ten or twenty of them. Is that about how you see it?

  • Prayer Warrior2 Sep 6, 2012

    I'm sorry, but that sure does look like a hearse in that photo. Click on the photo.

  • PracticalMagick Sep 6, 2012

    Sure...go ahead and totally ban guns. Why not. Then, just like drugs, they will be in the hands of the criminals, while the law abiding citizens have no way of protecting themselves or their families.

  • Fireflies Rock Sep 6, 2012

    This poor child - and his mother. Totally inexcusable in any scenario. Hope they find this poor excuse for a human and throw away the key. There sure are a lot of horrible crimes happening; hope the doctors are able to save these victims.

  • junkmail5 Sep 6, 2012

    Obviously no one, anywhere is ever totally safe. however, if gun ownership were totally banned those people would not have been shot, would they?

    Of course not! Just like nobody ever drank liquor under prohibition!


  • warbirdlover Sep 6, 2012

    Did you know that in Japan, you can't own a sword either. I have never heard of a sword ban. Maybe it was something to do with people lopping other peoples heads off in a fit of rage with a Samurai Sword.

  • puzzled Sep 6, 2012

    Crabbit Cratur
    I know that life without parole and death penalty are on the books but when are they carried out??? Until changes are made and that change is not to do away with guns we live in a sad situation. I would rather be shot than to be cut to death or beat to death with a bat or something. I would also like to have a weapon to deter an intruder. I am sorry I have no sympathy for an intruder who gets shot. Until we stop having more compassion for the criminal than we do the victims; then you statement about violence increasing will continue. I well remember when crime was not rampant and I am not an antique. It was definitely in 'big" cities but not small (and yes I am going to say it) Christian areas it was rare.

  • piene2 Sep 6, 2012

    "Paininetutu2, I don't think there is a question that the gun being there made it possible for someone to shoot someone else in this instance. Now, I challenge you to answer this question: If guns were banned do you think these people would have been totally safe?

    Obviously no one, anywhere is ever totally safe. however, if gun ownership were totally banned those people would not have been shot, would they? And by the way, I have never advocated a total ban on all firearms.

  • Bill of Rights Sep 6, 2012

    Hans writes: "Let me fix that for ya - Response time can be long enough for the bad guy to do you in, dispose of your body, sit down and have a cup of tea, take a nap in your bed, wake up and get away before law enforcement even arrives."

    If I'm unarmed, this outcome is almost a certainty. I'd rather be armed and have a fighting chance.

  • PracticalMagick Sep 6, 2012

    Just got an email alert stating that three suspects are in custody.