An Ohio gun owner shot her daughter last month after mistaking the teen for a home intruder.
Hannah Jones, 18, said in a since-deleted Facebook post that she “ran through the door with excitement” and unintentionally startled her mother Renee Jones.
Jones, who had been away from college, wanted to come home early to surprise her mother.
“As I ran through the door, she was in fear for her life and shot me,” Jones said in the post.
21 News obtained the 911 call reporting the incident, which resulted in Jones being shot in the arm.
“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,” Jones’ boyfriend is heard saying during the audio recording.
“It’s pretty bad,” he replies when a dispatcher asks how badly Jones is bleeding.
In the Facebook post, Jones revealed her arm was broken in three places and she had to have surgery.
In an interview with 21 News, Girard Police Chief John Norman described the incident.
“The mother who has a valid CCW permit – even though she was in her own house, was startled by some noises she heard in the kitchen or hallway area,” Norman said. “She stated that the bedroom door opened where she was at — and she had a gun readily available and she fired a round at someone coming through the door.”
Norman also had advice for anyone visiting a gun owner unannounced.
“If you realize 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,” he said.
Gun control advocates respond to Hannah Jones getting shot
The gun debate has flared recently following several high-profile mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and West Texas.
Several users on social media reacted to the shooting of Jones by criticizing arguments made by proponents of gun rights.
“Statistically this is far more likely to happen than successfully using a gun in self defense, which only accounts for about 1% of gun injuries,” tweeted one commenter in response to Jones’ story.
It should be noted that some experts estimate that Americans use firearms in self-defense situations more than 2 million times per year.
We don’t have a gun problem
— Eric (@eric5476us) September 8, 2019
“God bless our “Well Regulated Militia ™,” quipped one Twitter user.
Another commenter mocked the “good guy with a gun” rationale for gun ownership sometimes put forward by pro-gun advocates: “Too bad there wasn’t a good mom with a gun to have stopped her.”
It’s almost as if there are many more statistically probable scenarios than “good guy with gun saves day.”
— Jared Lipof (@jaredlipof) September 8, 2019
“The only way to stop a good mom with a gun is with a better mom with a gun,” tweeted another user.