11-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Grandmother & Himself Because She Made Him Do Chores

Yvonne Woodard was fatally shot by her 11-year-old grandson, who then turned the gun on himself, police said.

Litchfield Park, AZ – An 11-year old boy fatally shot his grandmother on Saturday evening, then used the same weapon to kill himself, police said.

The tragic incident occurred after 65-year-old Yvonne Woodard repeatedly asked the boy to clean up his room, KSAZ reported.

Woodard and her husband, Doyle Herbert, had full custody of their grandson, who resided with them at their home on West Grove Street, according to the Miami Herald.

Despite repeated requests throughout the day, the child refused to clean his room or to pick up after himself, Herbert told police.

“He was being stubborn about it,” Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Joaquin Enriquez told WPVI on Sunday.

Later in the evening, as Herbert and Woodard were sitting on the couch watching television, their grandson snuck up behind them, and fired a round into the back of Woodard’s head.

The handgun belonged to Herbert, Enriquez said.

Herbert said he initially chased after his grandson, then stopped and went back to try to help his wife.

Seconds later, he heard another gunshot.

Herbert said the boy took several steps, then fell to the ground with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

After retrieving his weapon, the elderly man contacted 911.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office investigators said there were “no previous signs that the grandson might harm someone or himself, and there was no cause for concern prior to this event,” the Miami Herald reported.

Neighbors were shocked to hear about the tragic murder-suicide, KTVK reported.

"We stood outside and we prayed," resident Danny Dillon told the news outlet. "It's just hard. You can't get your mind around it. You just can't."

"You have that neighborhood connection but your heart just wishes that you had more and you could've done more, you could've seen something or said something," Dillon said.

Neighbor Walter Venerable described the trio as a “nice family.”

"I knew the kid,” Venerable said. “I mean, he would ride his bicycle around, play around the neighborhood.”

According to a letter sent to parents and guardians by the Litchfield Elementary School District on Monday, the boy was a student at Western Sky Middle School.

“We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of one of our students and his grandmother,” the letter read. “They were valued members of our Wildcat family…and will be deeply missed. Our hearts are with the Herbert family and their loves ones as they endure this unimaginable pain.”

The school district said they would provide counselors and support to staff and students in the wake of the incident.

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dsmarine
dsmarine

An 11 year old should NOT have had access to a firearm period!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Hard way to learn a lesson in keeping your gun so others don't have access to it.....damn hard way.

My condolences, tho, to Mr Herbert.It's not going to be easy living with this .

RPG156
RPG156

This doesn't sound like a double-murder to anyone?

wmc50
wmc50

@RPG156 I'm NOT saying it's a double murder, but I am wondering how the hell an 11 year old: (1) got his hands on a firearm, (2) was proficient enough with the firearm to kill his grandmother and then himself, and (3) has grandpa been afforded the opportunity to take a polygraph and pass his GSR test? Signed: a skeptic.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Whoever's negligence allowed the child to get the gun should be criminally prosecuted.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This is what happens when firearms are not stored safely. Sad.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

From what I can see here, on the surface, if this is murder/suicide, are two things: A. The boy had anger issues that should have been looked into. This cannot have been the first time they had trouble with him. There must have been other incidents where he refused to do chores either in a timely fashion or properly. There must have been times he gave them backtalk or "sassed" either of them. Or there may have little incidents in school that we don't know about yet. But this cannot possibly be the very first time they ever had trouble with the boy. And - B. The gun was not the problem here. Children have been growing up around guns for years without misusing them - without the use of gun safes or gun locks. Adults either made sure that the child or children knew the power of weapons (my brothers and I all did and as soon as we were of age, we got our own guns) or stored it or them safely as @Stanracer said. Sometimes the child is the one to use the weapon effectively to save someone in the family, so it's better to teach the child rather than hide the gun.

Rolo Tomasi
Rolo Tomasi

Skeptical... Let's wait and see what the investigation reveals.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

I think Grandpa wanted to be single and childless.

investigator
investigator

Where were Mom and Dad?

Itsjfp
Itsjfp

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Patmandy
Patmandy

The kid had more influence from the outside world than he did from his home life.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 It's good to show how you wait specifically for my responses, then dish out the information on what i said to the rest of the Retarded Justice League.

Seriously, you're too old to be waiting on what I'm going to say in every article. Get a life.