Elderly woman hospitalized after being shot inside Fort Lauderdale home

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - An 80-year-old woman had to be hospitalized after she was shot in the leg while watching TV inside of her Fort Lauderdale home.

Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the scene along the 2800 block of Northwest 26th Street just before 10 p.m., Thursday.

The victim’s son-in-law said his mother-in-law, Doshie Dixon, was watching TV when a bullet came into the house through a side window and struck her in the leg.

“Well, a bullet entered the side of the window in the living room and went through the blinds, through the television and into my mother-in-law’s leg,” said Horace Williams. “I was told she started screaming, and my wife came out of the room, and she realized she had been shot in the leg.”

Paramedics transported Dixon to Broward Health Medical Center as a trauma alert, police said.

According to the victim’s family, doctors will leave the bullet inside of Dixon’s leg, and she is expected to be OK.

Williams said his mother-in-law’s home is surrounded by other homes in the neighborhood, and there were no vehicles driving by the home at the time of the shooting.

“It’s a horrible event,” Williams said. “I’ve never had no one in my family shot before, so this is a first for me.”

7News cameras captured detectives entering and exiting the home as they began their investigation into the shooting.

Williams said his mother-in-law is expected to return home from the hospital Friday.

If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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