Charges: Brooklyn Center grandma shot grandson for putting hot tea on wood table

Their row escalated quickly.
Publish date:

An argument over the placement of a hot cup of tea led to a Brooklyn Center grandmother shooting her grandson last week.

The incident in the 5800 block of Camden Avenue North saw officers arrive to find a man in the front yard with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.

He told police he'd been arguing with his grandmother, Helen Washington, 75, about where he'd set down a cup of tea.

A boy who witnessed the incident told officers that Washington had objected to her grandson setting a hot cup of tea on a wood table.

Her grandson refused to move it, before Washington proceeded to dump the tea out and leave the room.

Subscribe: Sign up for our daily Bring Me The Newsletters

Her grandson made another cup of tea, returning it to the wood table, which sparked a new argument during which Washington allegedly shot him in the thigh with a revolver.

When questioned by police, she admitted shooting her grandson because she was angry that he was putting hot tea on wood, saying she aimed for the leg.

Washington has been charged with 2nd assault with a deadly weapon. 

If you didn't know, hot drinks placed on wooden surfaces without a coaster can leave a heat ring. TipNut has advice on how you remove white heat stains from wood tables.

Next Up