Pennsylvania Man Accidentally Shoots the Mother of His Intended Victim

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A Pennsylvania man headed to shoot a rival and ended up mistakenly shooting his intended victim’s mother instead.

To make matters even more weird, he then bragged to his mom that he was a hit man.

22-year-old Cortland Michalides broke into Theresa McDonald’s home around 2 a.m. Sunday and shot her in the jaw. She’s expected to survive.

Michalides had meant to shoot the woman’s son, Codi, who’d dated a girl he used to date, himself.

Early Sunday morning when their dogs started barking, Ms. McDonald went to turn on the light in the hallway when she was shot.

Investigators were able to track him down later that day when his worried mother called authorities to ask if her son was in trouble.

His mother, who lives in Arkansas, had become worried after he’d told her he’d been hired as a hit man, but had shot the wrong person.

They located him through his cellphone signal.

His mother said he planned to hide in Arkansas and said he told her that he’d worn gloves and a mask when he’d shot the Ms. McDonald. He also told her he stopped in Ohio to bury the gun.

Windber police found gloves at the scene, as well as a .22-caliber shell casing. His mother told cops he owned a .22-caliber gun.

He’s been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and burglary.

He’s being held at the Barren County jail in Kentucky pending extradition.

He’ll be sent back to Pennsylvania within the next two weeks.

 

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