Mother, Son Shot Outside Alabama Courthouse

POSTED: 1:28 am EDT June 1, 2006

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. -- Two people were in serious condition on Wednesday night after a shooting outside the courthouse in Jackson County, Ala.

Police said a 45-year-old woman and her 26-year-old son were shot by a relative who disagreed with a visitation arrangement in a custody case.

A 49-year-old man was arrested at the scene. Police said he's the step-grandfather of a 4-year-old boy and 18-month-old girl. The children were present when the shooting happened but they weren't injured.

A witness said an unarmed police officer in civilian clothes was a hero, tackling the shooting suspect before anyone else was hurt.