An 11-year-old Oklahoma boy came home to his grandmother’s Tulsa apartment with a bad progress report from his school. He gave his grandmother the report, and while she sat reading, authorities say, he went to her room and grabbed a .22-caliber gun, then returned and shot her in the back of the head.
“All I saw was a big bang of a flash and heard it, and I knew I was shot in the back of my head,” the grandmother, Annie Mougell-Walker, told local station KOTV after being treated at a local hospital.
While Mougell-Walker, 42, was able to return home on Monday, the same day of the shooting, wearing a neck brace, the bullet remained lodged in her head, the New York Daily News reports.
Her grandchild was arrested and charged with shooting with intent to kill, police told the Daily News.
The boy initially told police that he was not involved in the shooting, which sent them scrambling to find the assailant. Investigators charged the boy after interviewing his grandmother at the hospital.
“He got in trouble today at school, so when I got home I was gonna talk to him furthermore about it,” Mougell-Walker told KOTV.
The small-caliber bullet may have saved Mougell-Walker’s life. Authorities told the News that the shooting left Mougell-Walker with a small wound near the base of her skull, where the bullet entered. Doctors were unable to remove the bullet but said that they believe it will successfully work itself out, Mougell-Walker said.