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Brothers Shot By PA Mom Not Expected To Survive: Report

The Tini brothers were shot by their mom, Trinh Nguyen, according to authorities and news reports.
The Tini brothers were shot by their mom, Trinh Nguyen, according to authorities and news reports. Photo Credit: Eric Scott Gold Facebook (original source unclear)

The 9- and 13-year-old boys shot by their 38-year-old mom Trinh Nguyen while in bed in the Philadelphia suburbs were not expected to survive, authorities said the evening of the incident.

The brothers were identified by friends as Jeffrey "JT" Tini, 13, and Nelson Tini, 9, 6abc reports. A vigil for the was held at Newtown Middle School in Bucks County Monday, May 2.

Nguyen was under the influence when she was captured around 11:30 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Washington Crossing, hours after the shooting at her Timber Ridge Road home in Upper Makefield, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said.

The Tini boys will remain hospitalized until their organs can be donated, a spokesperson with the DA's office told NBC News.

Nguyen shot her sons in the head early Monday, May 2, then went outside and pointed the same black revolver at her 22-year-old neighbor, who tried handing her a box of photos for her ex-husband, who he worked with, authorities said. 

Nguyen pulled the trigger two times, but the gun did not fire, the DA said. The neighbor wrapped Nguyen in a bear hug and eventually disarmed her before she fled in a white Toyota Sienna minivan and police issued an alert for her vehicle, they said. 

The children — later confirmed to be Nguyen's sons — were taken to Saint Mary Medical Center, where at least one of the boys was in surgery, authorities said.

Nguyen has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of an instrument of crime. She has yet to be arraigned.

This case is being investigated by Bucks County Detectives and Upper Makefield Township Police. First Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Schorn is assigned for prosecution.

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