Grandfather Survives Shot to Head

6:25 PM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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On Sunday October 20th Joshua Allen Cook was thanking his grandparents for allowing him to live with them after he had lost his job.

"And so I said wasn't a problem. He was family. It's a part of what we're suppose to do," said Thomas Livingston, his grandfather.

Later that night Livingston said his wife was in the kitchen and saw her grandson with a gun.

"So she started to go to the dining room. Well she went by the refrigerator, he shot at her and missed, hit the refrigerator.  And there's an open space in the doorway, and he shot at her again," said Livingston.

That bullet missed his wife, but the next two didn't.

"Then he kicked her and hit her trying to make sure she was dead," he said.

Livingston says his grandson then came into his room where he was sleeping.

"Somebody cut the light on. Well I started to raise up and see who was in there with me, and something touched me on my head," said Livingston.

Livingston put his hand on the gun, and his finger went through the trigger guard. Police said Cook, whose pictures are at the foot of his grandparents bed, shot his grandfather.

Livingston got a hold of the gun. He said Cook tried to choke him, but he was able to fight the 25-year-old off.

Cook thought he killed his grandmother, and didn't know she dragged herself to her bedroom to call 911.

Livingston said he loves his grandson and wants him to get the help he needs.

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