75-year-old woman shot grandson after alleged argument over tea, police say


HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minn. (KRON) – A 75-year-old woman is being evaluated to determine if she’s competent to stand trial in the shooting of her grandson. 

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, 75-year-old Helen Washington allegedly shot her grandson during an argument about putting teacups on her furniture. 

The incident allegedly happened on Oct. 12 at Washington’s home. 

Officials say the victim was at his grandmother’s house having tea when the two began to argue over where he was putting his glass. 

Authorities say Washington took the tea, poured it out of the cup, and went to get a gun, an unnamed minor told investigators. 

That minor said when Washington came back, the victim had another glass of tea in hand and put it on the table. 

The two allegedly began arguing again, and at this time Washington allegedly pulled out a gun and shot her grandson in the leg, according to officials.

Authorities recovered a gun loaded with five rounds inside the home. A single round had already been fired, according to authorities. 

Washington is reportedly due to make her next court appearance on Dec. 18. 

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