92-year-old USA woman shot her son over care home plans

92-year-old USA woman shot her son over care home plans

But the late son's girlfriend managed to wrest control of the weapon from Blessing's hand, authorities told KNXV.

The murder occurred in the town of Fountain Hills, Maricopa County.

According to police, Blessing had been contemplating her son's intentions of sending her to an assisted living facility.

Ms Blessing told detectives after her arrest that she hid two handguns in the pockets of her robe before shooting her son multiple times in his bedroom.

MCSO said she shot her son twice before turning the gun on his 57-year-old girlfriend.

A 911 phone call made from the home suggests that Blessing may have been a threat to commit further bloodshed. When police entered the home, they found the man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his jaw and neck.

Ms Blessing was sitting in a reclining chair in her bedroom when she was taken into custody, after she refused to leave the house in suburban Phoenix, according to court records.

A 92-year-old woman allegedly killed her son in Arizona because she did not want to be sent to an assisted living facility, authorities said. She told police her rationale was: "You have ended my life, I'm taking yours".

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The police statement revealed the mother planned to shoot herself after shooting her son, but this was thwarted when she lost possession of the pistols.

Detectives are investigating this case as a domestic violence homicide and there are no suspects outstanding. 'They are often isolated and neither predictable nor preventable'.

During the ensuing argument, she pulled out one revolver, purchased in the 1970s, and fired at her son. She was arrested without incident.

Watch her first court appearance here.

Blessing's next court hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 10. Her bail has been set at US$500,000.

Blessing's husband, Billy Blessing, died in 2007 in Florida, according to an obituary in the Orlando Sentinel.

Now her son is dead, and she faces a charge of first-degree murder, CBS 5 reported.

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