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Elderly woman accused of shooting daughter


An argument between and elderly woman and her daughter ended with gunfire Tuesday morning.

85-year old Ruth Lott is accused of firing one shot at 56-year old Debra Brown.

The bullet grazed Brown's head.

Thankfully, she's okay. Lott also went to the hospital. She went to jail but now she's out.  

Crime scene tape surrounds this Howell Road home after investigators say an 85 year old grandmother shot her own daughter.

They say Ruth Lott fired one shot at 56-year old Debra Brown around 8:30 Tuesday morning.

"I didn't have a clue it was her shooting Debbie," said neighbor Marsha Parr. "That's just wild. I don't know what would provoke that."

The sheriff says the two had been arguing over family issues.

"The mother from what I understand wanted to go to the bank this morning of course the daughter refused to carry her to the bank an argument ensued," said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

Lott left the kitchen and came back with a handgun.

They struggled and the sheriff says Brown was shot with a .32 caliber pistol.

The sheriff says the bullet grazed the left side of the daughter's head. She was released from the hospital around noon.

Lott has now been booked at the Lowndes County Jail on an aggravated assault family violence charge. She was released this evening on her own recognizance.

"It's very unfortunate it happened," said Prine. "From what I understand, Ms. Lott has had some serious medical problems. She's on oxygen."

"What would an old lady be doing with a gun," asked Parr. "I didn't know there was any animosity going on down there."

The shooting sends shock waves through the Howell Road community. Some neighbors say they never dreamed this grandma would be packing heat.

85-year old Ruth Lott was treated for a cut on her arm after she hit it on a cabinet during the struggle.

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