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Lexington mom describes how son was shot by grandfather

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a family fight that became violent Sunday night.

"I've never known anything more horrible in my life than not knowing whether your baby is going to live," said the mother of 19-year-old son William "Bill" Morris, who was shot and is still fighting for his life.

Police say the man who pulled the trigger was the teen's grandfather, Edward "Eddie" Sizemore.

"That's the hardest thing to accept is that this was done by my father," continued the mother, who did not wish to be identified.

Just after the shooting, another family member told WKYT that the shooting came after an altercation between the two men over the teen not helping bring in groceries. His mom says otherwise.

"There is no other reason that this happened, other then alcoholic rage," she explained, before describing what she witnessed. "He sought my son out. I was right there. At that point, my son threw a punch, that he didn't even know connected, because he immediately turned towards me to get away from him."

The mother said she wanted to do something but there wasn't enough time, "Then pow, it was so fast."

The "pow," she said was the gun shot.

"The shot went into his back just about an inch-and-a-half from his spine."

For this mother, her feelings have only turned more sour after hearing that Sizemore bonded out of jail on Wednesday.

"He should not be out while my son is in there," she said referencing her son's recovery at UK Hospital. "It has torn my soul into a million pieces. I've never known a greater hell."

Morris is now off life support which his mom takes as a positive sign, but still she knows these scars will run deep.

"He will spend his life with problem that he will have from this,"
she said, "he just has to live with the fact that he was shot by someone so close to him."

Police charged Sizemore with assault. After his arrest, asked him for an interview but he declined.


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