EAST PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) - A 17-year-old boy is behind bars for a drive-by shooting that killed a local grandmother.
Christine Withrow, 42, was hit in the chest by a bullet Friday night at the corner of Grand and Price avenues.
Witnesses say she was trying to protect her 2-year-old granddaughter, Hailey, from the bullets.
"It was a natural reaction, it was a mother's reaction, it was a heroic reaction," said Withrow's daughter, Amanda Eudaly.
Withrow's friends say there is no link between Withrow and the teen who was arrested. They said she was outside with some neighbors when a car drove up and began firing shots and someone who ran behind a house. He then fired one shot at Withrow and the group of neighbors.
"When she heard the gunshot, she grabbed her little 2-year-old and tried to run for the hallway and the door was locked and that's when the bullet hit her," said Vicky Hassel, a friend of Withrow's. "She fell down and she hollered for Amanda to come get her daughter, Hailey. She reached Hailey to her and her eyes rolled back. I guess once she knew her grandbaby was safe, she was ready to go in peace."
FOX19's policy is to not release the names of juveniles until they are tried as an adult. But neighbors say they know who the suspect is and describe him as "bad."
The teen will be in juvenile court on Monday morning.