• Ohio mom accidentally shoots daughter who came home from college to surprise her, police say

    By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    GIRARD, Ohio -

    A college student who returned to her Ohio home for a surprise visit is recovering after her mother accidentally shot her, police said.

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    According to WFMJ-TV, authorities responded to the Girard home the night of Aug. 30 after the boyfriend of the 18-year-old victim called 911.

    "My girlfriend just came home from college and her mom didn't know, like, honestly – she accidentally shot her and we don't know what to do," he told the dispatcher, the news station reported.

    Girard police told WFMJ that the mother, who wasn't expecting a visitor and is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, was frightened after hearing noises inside the house. Thinking an intruder was nearby, she grabbed her revolver and opened fire as someone rushed into her bedroom, WJW-TV reported.

    That person was actually the woman's daughter, who was shot in the elbow, authorities told WJW. Emergency responders took the teen to a nearby hospital, where she was treated and later released, WFMJ reported.

    Prosecutors have decided not to charge the mother in the incident, according to WJW.

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