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Source: DailyMail

A 14-year-old boy shot his mother ‘at least  ten times’ as she slept on the couch, it emerged today.

The teen, named by family members as Joshua  Smith, from east Detroit, allegedly unleashed a hail of bullets on Tamiko  Robinson, 36, in the early hours of Monday morning, according to a police  spokesman.

Smith, who was on the swimming team at Kettering High  School, was said to be  angry that his mother had tried to keep him off the streets and away from a  gang.

Evidence: Bullet holes can clearly be seen in the  window. The victim’s brother said Smith shot her up to ten times

Smith’s uncle LeShaun  Roberts, told Fox Detroit News the teen had wanted to ‘hang with the big boys’ –  gang members in their twenties – but when his mother said no he ran away to  relatives.

But Robinson, a  dialysis patient, who was battling lupus,  went after her son and insisted he came home, angering the youngster.

‘He broke into his step dad’s room, got a  twelve gauge and brutally  murdered my sister,’ Roberts said. ‘He shot at least  ten times.

‘He just shot.  Every chance he got a chance  to shoot again, he shot again, and there’s  just buckshot, holes  everywhere.’

The bullets left holes in the windows.  Robinson’s five-year-old daughter and her fiance, named in reports as Chiko  Lewis, were also in the home at the time and were forced to jump out of a low  window to escape the gunfire.

The little girl later asked relatives: ‘why  would someone want to hurt mommy?’

Left behind: Robinson's five-year-old daughter, left, witnessed the shooting while her uncle LeShaun Roberts, right, said Smith had been in a gangLeft behind: Robinson's five-year-old daughter, left, witnessed the shooting while her uncle LeShaun Roberts, right, said Smith had been in a gang

Robinson’s daughter(l) and her fiance(r),at scene  escaped through a window

Smith was arrested soon after the shooting.  He had reportedly been driving around in his mother’s car.

Roberts, who was holding a framed portrait of  the family, added: ‘He (Smith)  said his mother won’t let him have friends, he  said his mother won’t let him bring his girlfriends over, his mother won’t let  him stay out until 11 o’clock at night. He’s 14 years old.’

Detroit Police Chief Ralph L Godbee Jr and  Mayor Dave Bing held a  press conference yesterday to address Robinson’s  shooting and  others involving children, including the shooting of a  six-year-old boy in an attempted carjacking also on Monday.

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