Legally blind homeowner shoots intruder, his nephew

TAMPA - A legally-blind homeowner shot his nephew Sunday night after the nephew broke into his East Tampa home, according to Tampa Police Department.

The nephew cut the power to the victim's house on the 2900 block of Chipco Street and broke in through a bedroom window, police said.

He then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and, flashlight in hand, came for uncle and homeowner Melchisedec Williams.

Williams heard the commotion, so he grabbed his handgun and fired at a shadowy figure who didn't respond when he yelled out.

Williams, 50, told ABC Action News his vision is poor, but he could still make out the light from the flashlight.

"I saw the flashlight coming towards me, and that's when I shot toward the light," Williams told ABC Action News.

"And then I heard my nephew when [he cried out in pain] and I recognized this voice," said Williams.

Melchisedec believed that his 15-year-old nephew was there to harm him due to a prior dispute and shot the youngster to protect himself, police said.  

"I believe he broke in, like I said, to try to kill me," Williams said. "Why? I don't know."

Williams said he didn't know his nephew was armed with a knife until Tampa Police officers later told him what they'd found.

His nephew was shot in the leg and taken to Tampa General Hospital where he is in serious condition but is expected to survive. 

Tampa police said they are discussing possible charges with the State's Attorney's Office.

ABC Action News is not reporting the name of the teenager because he is a minor.

The teen's family said he is troubled.

"We just try to steer him in the right direction, but he just refuse to listen," said Frankie Harris, the boy's grandmother.

Harris said her grandson was arrested last Sunday as well.

"Right now we're just praying he come out of the situation real good," Harris told ABC Action News.  "That's the only thing is prayer ... that he'll come out of it."

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