Grandma shoots grandson for putting cup of tea on wooden table without coaster



A Minnesota grandmother who allegedly shot her grandson in the thigh in the midst of an argument that escalated over a cup of tea and a wooden table has been charged.

Helen Lenoir Washington, 75, is charged with second degree assault and could face up to seven years in prison in addition to a $14,000 fine.

When police arrived at the 5800 block of N. Camden Avenue in Brooklyn Center on October 12, they found her grandson waiting in the front yard. He had a gunshot wound to his right thigh.

The victim told officers that his grandmother had shot him while they argued over where he placed a cup of tea, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Star Tribune.

A minor at the scene told authorities that Washington had repeatedly told her grandson not to put the cup on her furniture.

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