Two convicted felons breaking into a South Carolina home were surprised to find themselves facing a 13-year-old with a gun.
The 13-year-old boy opened fire on two burglars attempting to break into his Charleston, South Carolina home. The boy saw someone trying to get in through the back door and fired through the door. The burglars reportedly fired back.
According to: The Post and Courier
At 1:30 p.m., a 13-year-old boy was home alone when he heard a commotion at the back of his house. The boy retrieved his mother’s gun and went to investigate. The mother said to the Post and Courier, that she bought the gun for protection but never taught her son how to use it.
“I tell my kids that if anything ever happens to call 911, but I also tell them to protect themselves if they have to,” she said to the Post and Courier.
“I never would have dreamed that this would have been a part of our day today.”
As the suspects tried to make their way into the house, the boy opened fire, but the suspects reacted by returning fire before fleeing from the scene. The boy chased the suspects out of the home and continued to fire as they fled in their vehicle. The boy, who was uninjured, then called his mother, who instructed him to call the police.
Neighbor Debbie Griffin witnessed the attempted burglary and reportedly heard about six shots before calling the police. She added that her son was outside at the time as more shots rang out.
A short time later, one of the suspects, who was later identified as Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, was dropped off outside the emergency room of a nearby hospital. Brown, who was shot three times, died at the medical facility. The getaway driver, Ira Bennett, 28, later turned himself in to authorities saying he was just helping a friend. He was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
The two burglars both have an extensive criminal history. Brown was convicted six times on felony drug charges in addition to unlawful carrying of a weapon, disorderly conduct and trespassing. Bennett was previously convicted of assault with intent to kill, pointing a firearm at a person and third-degree burglary, in addition to drug convictions that included possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Neighbors thanked the boy for his quick action, but the family said they no longer felt safe in their home. The family had just moved into the house this past May. The sheriff’s office is continuing the investigation.
sources: The Post and Courier, Youtube