Mom shot while walking dogs in son’s Kansas City neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- "Man, I cannot believe what's happened to my mom. She's a loving, caring person and she doesn't bother nobody. I'm just flabbergasted," said Michael Thompson as tears streamed down his face.

A stunned Thompson says he's filled with all kinds of emotions when he thinks about what happened to his mother, 55-year-old Candy Thompson.

"I heard those gunshots just a block from my house. I had no idea that my mom had been shot," said Michael.

Indeed, Candy had been shot near the intersection of East 11th Street and Newton on Kansas City's northeast side while walking her two dogs around nine Wednesday night.

"She said these two young guys just came out of an alley, walked passed her, but then one of them just turned around and shot my mother for no reason. She didn't say anything to them. She wasn't doing anything wrong. I just wonder if they thought she might have seen them doing something? I don't know. It's crazy!" a frustrated Thompson exclaimed.

Candy told her family and police two guys wore masks when one of them fired four gunshots at her. A bullet hit Thompson in her right arm and another one pierced her leg.

The injured victim staggered to her son's home. Investigators say a bullet also tore through a neighbor's parked truck.

"I immediately called my wife and told her that mom's been shot and then I called 911," said Michael Thompson.

"I got here and I just thought she would've died because we initially thought she'd been actually shot four times. I just thank God that she's still here. She's in a lot of pain, but alive, " said Misty Thompson about her mother-in-law.

What's more, Candy, who's been homeless for more than a year, got shot the day before her son's 33rd birthday.

"It's just a horrible birthday for me really. My mom could've been killed and it just doesn't make any sense. I just hope the police can catch them fast, " said Michael Thompson.

"She told me to just to tell her son happy birthday. We're not celebrating right now. We're just celebrating her recovery, " added Misty.

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