Mum shoots daughter in botched surprise
An Ohio mother accidentally shot her teenage daughter when the girl surprised her by coming home early from university.
According to the New York Post, Hannah Jones, 18, says she "ran through the door with excitement" to surprise her family at home in the town of Girard - instead terrifying her mum, Renee Jones, who assumed she was an intruder.
"As I ran through the door, she was in fear for her life and shot me," Jones said in a Facebook post.
"I crouched down and let out two screams," she recalled, with her boyfriend hearing the screams and racing in to call 911.
The boyfriend told the dispatcher that Jones was bleeding "pretty bad," according to the call obtained by 21 News.
"My girlfriend just came home from college and her mom didn't know, like honestly - she accidentally shot her," he said.
Showing off her injuries and X-rays, Jones says her right elbow was broken in three places by the shooting - which left her with eight screws and three plates in her arm following a surgery.
"It truly has been a crazy few days, but I am beyond thankful to still be here on this earth today," Jones wrote.
"I sure am lucky to still be here! It still baffles my mind to know that I could be dead, but thankfully I had an angel looking over me that night."
Girard Police Chief John Norman confirmed that the mother had a Concealed Carry Permit.
"She had a gun readily available and she fired a round at someone coming through the door," he told 21 News.
Prosecutors have yet to decide if any charges will be pressed, Norman said.
"If you realise someone has a gun for protection, and they're not expecting you - announce yourself when you enter the home, or even if you're getting up to get a drink of water in the middle of the night," Norman said.
This story first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.