She lived in constant fear, and Tuesday evening reached her breaking point. She had just returned from the grocery store when she saw her windows had been shattered and 2 boys were running away.
Margaret Matthews called the police, but they hadn’t yet arrived when the boys came back and began taunting her again, this time throwing rocks and bricks at her. She was struck in the chest and the knee.
Mrs. Mathews, or Ms. Margaret as she is known in the neighborhood, then went in her home and retrieved her late husbands legally registered gun and fired shots to scare the young men away. She alleges at one point the bullies had tried to kick in her door.
One bullet struck the 12 year old—he was treated at a local hospital and released shortly after.
The two young men have a different version and are being defended by their parents, of course. They say they were passing by and had just finished playing basketball when Miss Margaret came out and opened fire.
Their parents and a few others are furious that Margaret Matthews will not be charged.
The rational and sane folks in the neighborhood call Matthews a hero. They emphatically state that this elderly woman was targeted and harassed repeatedly by these bullies and no one could make it stop.