NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — A mother allegedly shot two of her sons, killing the 6-year-old and inflicting minor injuries on his 16-year-old brother, whose Bible absorbed the shotgun blast.
Leslie Ann Wallace, 39, was shot and seriously wounded later Sunday by Lee County sheriff's deputies after she fired at them, officials said. She was in serious condition early Monday after undergoing surgery, according to a hospital supervisor.
Authorities said they had not found a motive for the shootings.
"We're still sorting through things," Deputy Larry King said. "The rest of the circumstances aren't real clear yet."
He said Wallace had not yet been charged.
Authorities said Wallace fatally shot her 6-year-old son, James, as he watched television at their home Sunday. She then allegedly drove to the New Wine Ministries Church and fired at her son, Kenneth, as he stood outside.
The blast, fired at close range, struck Kenneth Wallace's Bible and the overcoat he was carrying, police said. He suffered minor scratches on his arm.
"The Bible certainly saved his life," King said.
Leslie Wallace is an 18-year veteran of the Marine Corps who has extensive knowledge of weapons, according to police Capt. Richard Chard. Authorities removed at least four firearms from the family home.
Kenneth Wallace told television station WINK that the shooter "couldn't have been my mom."
"Her eyes. The brief second that I got a look, it wasn't hers," he said.
Authorities said Leslie Wallace drove after the shootings to a local pizzeria where her 19-year-old son, Gregory, was working. She also worked there as a delivery driver, according to a report in Monday's editions of The News-Press in Fort Myers.
Authorities said she eventually called 911 from a pay phone to report she had killed her 6-year-old son. Authorities went to the Wallace home and found the child's body.
Deputies followed Leslie Wallace out of the restaurant and pulled her over. They shot her after she fired at them, police said.
Investigators found anti-depressant medicine at the Wallace home. They also found out that Wallace and her husband Bill had argued over finances Sunday morning, authorities said.