A 12-year-old boy has been praised for his quick wits after he shot an intruder who broke into his home in North Carolina and fired at his grandma. Police said the boy acted in self-defence and is not facing any charges.
The incident unfolded in the city of Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina in the early hours of Saturday. Two mask-clad intruders forced their way into the home after one of the boy’s relatives opened the door. The suspects demanded money, then one of them drew his weapon and shot 73-year-old Linda Ellis in the leg.
It’s unclear what prompted one of the home invaders, later identified as Khalil Herring, 19, to pull the trigger. Ellis’ son Randolph Bunn, who apparently unwittingly let the men in, told local media that the septuagenarian was in the kitchen when the incident was unraveling.
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“They just put me down on the ground… I don’t know why they shot her,” Bunn said.
During the showdown, the suspects apparently lost sight of yet another family member – the woman’s grandson, 12.
That proved to be a fatal mistake, since the boy, who was not identified, fired at Herring in self-defence, forcing the two failed robbers to flee.
Bunn argued that the boy’s timely intervention has saved both his and his grandma’s life.”[The intruder] just shot his grandma… He would have shot him too, he would’ve shot me too, he would’ve killed us all.”
#NEW: A 12-year-old Goldsboro boy fired off shots at two masked robbers who broke in & shot his grandmother, Linda Ellis. One of those robbers died from their injuries.
At 6, we speak to the family about the frightening ordeal & give an update on “Miss Linda’s” condition. pic.twitter.com/q7yvwPXS9j
— Michael Lozano (@MLozanoABC11) February 13, 2021
Police later located Herring not far from the crime scene. Both Ellis and the injured invader were transported to hospital. But while the grandmother is in stable condition and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Herring succumbed to his wounds.
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The investigation has been launched into both the armed robbery and the shootout, but police said they are not anticipating any charges against the 12-year-old crimebuster.
The child hero has drawn accolades online for taking on intruders to protect his family.
Others said they hope the traumatizing incident won’t have a long-lasting psychological effect on the child.
Hope my grand babies ride this hard for me. It’s sad to see a young person placed in such a situation but he defended his grandmother and I hope they both recover from such a traumatizing ordeal!
— HotEboni (@CurryKisses_) February 14, 2021
“Prayers for their recovery and his counseling,” one observer said.
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