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Senior citizen admits to shooting at fellow retirement home resident

Betty Ford (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Betty Ford (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

(WMC-TV) – A 69-year-old woman was arrested after she admitted to shooting at a fellow resident at a downtown retirement home.

According to police, Betty Ford got into a second argument with the victim over something that happened the day before.

Ford lives on the 7th floor at the Paul Borda Towers retirement community. The victim was riding the elevator to the 13th floor where he lives when the elevator stopped on the 7th floor on its way up.

When Ford got onto the elevator, police say the argument rekindled. When the victim got off on the 13th floor, Ford reportedly followed him into the hallway and said, "I will kill you n-----."

That is when police say Ford reached into the backpack on her wheelchair and pulled out a loaded revolver.

Investigators say she shot at the victim once and missed. Police recovered the revolver, which contained one shell casing and four live rounds.

A ricochet pattern is visible on one wall and a bullet hole is visible across the hall.  Nobody was injured in the incident.

Ford was arrested and admitted to the assault. She is charged with one count of aggravated assault and posted a $50,000 bond.

This is not Ford's first arrest.

Ford has a previous aggravated assault charge from six years ago. She pleaded that down to a lesser charge.

She is due back in court on November 1.

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