9-year-old charged with murder in connection with fatal shooting of his mother

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Picture of Pauline Randol who was shot at her home in Fawn River Township.{ } (WWMT/Courtesy Randol family)

A 9-year-old boy was charged with murder after his mother was shot at their home in Fawn River Township on Monday.

Court records in St. Joseph County show that Pauline Randol was shot with a rifle at her home on Plumb School Road and her 9-year-old son was the center of the homicide investigation.

The records show the boy was charged with one count of open murder and one count of felony firearm.

St. Joseph County Sheriff Bradley Balk said the child was undergoing psychiatric evaluations at a state-run juvenile justice facility to determine the juvenile’s state of mind.

According to a neighbor, the boy was a second-grader at Congress Elementary School in Sturgis.

Sturgis Public Schools Superintendent Arthur Ebert issued the following statement: "Our community has experienced a tragic event. As a district, it is our goal to provide support to our students, staff, and the community. We are limited in what we can share due to privacy laws and the sensitive nature of this tragedy. The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation regarding this event that occurred outside of school, including the release of information about the investigation.”