Mom charged with shooting 13-year-old son

June 13, 2008 1:56:02 PM PDT
A 38-year-old woman was arrested just before 9:00 p.m. in the community of Midvale and will be charged with shooting her son earlier this evening.

New Castle County Police arrested 38-year-old Desiree Hogan who is accused of shooting her 13-year-old son with a handgun.

At 7:19 Thursday evening, County Police and Paramedics responded to the Pike Creek Shopping Center for a report of a shooting.

When police and paramedics arrived, they found the 13-year-old son bleeding from an apparent gun shot wound to the left shoulder. He was taken to the Christiana Hospital in stable condition.

The shooting occurred at the victim's home in Pike Creek. According to the police, Hogan has an active PFA and The investigation has revealed the shooting occurred at the victim's home in Pike Creek. Police learned the victim's mother was not permitted to be at the residence.

The 13-year-old was home alone when he saw his mother outside and would not let her in. He then told police that he looked out the window and saw his mother with a gun. She pointed the gun at the window and fired.

The son then ran out the front door and flagged down a passing motorist who allowed him to get inside. The motorist then drove the victim to a safe distance away from the home and called 911.

Negotiators spoke via cell phone with Hogan throughout an hour. She repeatedly threatened suicide. Ultimately, the phone calls led the officers to an address in the unit block of 4th Avenue in the community of Midvale.

At 8:36 p.m., officers located Hogan sitting outside of the home armed with a handgun. During the negotiations, she placed the gun inside her mouth and against her head and pled for the officers to shoot her.

While negotiating, a family member exited the home and grabbed Hogan as the weapon discharged. Police moved in and arrested Hogan without further incident. The weapon discharged into the home but did not strike any of the occupants.

Hogan was transported to the Wilmington Hospital for an evaluation. When released from the hospital, she will be charged with this crime.