WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A mother is in custody after officials say she shot her two sons and tried to shoot her neighbor Monday morning in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Trinh T. Nguyen, 38, was arrested a few hours later without incident at the Washington Crossing United Methodist Church on the 1800 block of Wrightstown Road in Washington Crossing.

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said authorities were dispatched at 7:05 a.m. to a home on the 110 block of Timber Ridge Road.

Officials said Nguyen attempted to shoot her 22-year-old neighbor, but the gun failed to fire.

“Trin Nguyen handed him a box of photos outside of the residence and asked him to give the box to her ex-husband whom he worked with. When (he) turned around to face Nguyen, he saw Nguyen pointing a black revolver to his face. Nguyen then pulled the trigger two times, but by the grace of God, the gun did not fire,” said Weintraub.

The neighbor was able to wrap the woman in “a bear hug” and eventually disarm her.

Nguyen then left the scene in a white minivan.

Nguyen was apprehended at about 11:30 a.m. and was taken to St. Mary Medical Center due to an indication that she was under the influence of drugs, Weintraub said.

The mother of that neighbor and a responding officer went to check on Nguyen’s sons and found them both alive in their beds, but with gunshot wounds to the head.

Weintraub said the children, ages 9 and 13, are not expected to survive and will give the gift of life as organ donors.

Once that happens, he said the charges will be upgraded to homicide.

A vigil was held for the young boys at Newtown Middle School on Monday night.

Friends identified the victims as Jeffrey “JT” Tini, 13, and Nelson Tini, 9.

“He was always the best teammate. He was always happy and bringing smiles to people’s faces,” said Peyton Shaw of his friend JT.

“He was always ready to play and he was never sad at any moment. He was like the happiest kid I knew,” added Jake Green.

A motive has not yet been released.

Ngyuen was arraigned on attempted homicide charges Monday night. Police believe she may have attempted to take her own life.


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