14-year old shoots intruder to protect siblings.

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  1. Gunslinger

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    14-year-old Phoenix boy shoots armed intruder
    Associated Press - Sat, 23rd Jun 2012 06:36 PM


    PHOENIX (AP) — A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder who broke into his Phoenix home and pulled a gun on him while he was watching his three younger siblings, police said Saturday.

    The teen and his siblings, ages 8, 10 and 12, were at home alone when a woman rang the doorbell Friday afternoon, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said.

    The teen didn't open the door because he didn't recognize the woman.

    Soon after, the teen heard a loud bang on the door, rushed his siblings upstairs and got a handgun from his parent's bedroom.

    When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw a man break through the front door and point a gun at him.

    The boy shot the 37-year-old man, who was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition and underwent surgery. The man was upgraded to critical condition and is expected to survive and be booked into jail within the week on counts of aggravated assault and burglary, Holmes said.

    He said the suspect did not get a shot off. He declined to release his name until he is booked into jail.

    The woman who rang the home's doorbell got away.

    Holmes hailed the teen's actions and his parents for teaching the kids to never open the door to strangers.

    "The police and indeed our community does not ever want to see a situation where a teenager of that age has to take a weapon to protect his family ... but this young man did exactly what he should have done," he said. "I'm not sure he gave full thought about what he had to do. He just acted."

    Holmes said that the gun the teen grabbed was his father's, but did not know whether the boy had been trained to use it.

    He said the family, whose names were not released, is declining to speak to reporters about the ordeal, saying that they "are all pretty traumatized."

    "The dad was pretty much out of his mind with distress, officers couldn't even talk to him," Holmes said. "It's going to take them a while to recover mentally."

    He said police don't yet know what the suspect's intentions were and that will be one of the first questions they ask him when he is well enough to talk.

    "This was mid-block in a neighborhood, at 4:30 in the afternoon in summertime and children are there," he said. "They just took a heck of a gamble for this particular house, and we've got to try to figure out why."

    Holmes added that the family is lucky that the teen acted so swiftly and effectively.

    "As ugly as this is, and as much as this family is going through, we don't have injured children on our hands," he said.
     
  2. Shivvy

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    Hmmmm... why does the kid know where the gun is?
     
  3. Mr. Potato Head

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    Maybe he in fact WAS trained to use it. :grad:
     
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    Yep.


    Good for the kid, the intruder should get life, breaking into a house and pulling a gun on children.
     
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    So he can get it in case some crazy asshole breaks in while he's watching the younger children
     
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    14 seems to be a bit young to know where its at. In this case, its a good thing
     
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    14 year olds all around the nation have guns. Why not be responsible and teach them right from wrong and in this extreme case where it is to protect his siblings?
     
  8. PI Nate

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    Give the kid/shooter a free college education!!!
     
  9. Shivvy

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    Is theyre responsible, yes.
     
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    Too young to know where a gun is, but not too young to watch three younger siblings?
     
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    What a great kid.....
     
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    How many parents leave the house and have a spare set of keys somewhere? I think most kids have or tried to sneak their parent's car out at some time or another. I think people are foolish not to have a gun in their house and teach their child gun safety.
     
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    Amen.
     
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    This kid is going to be banging seniors when he starts high school this fall!
     
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    I'd like a race breakdown on all the involved. This kid is a hero nonetheless.
     
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    If there is a gun in the house the kids need to be educated about it. Kids will go through their parent's shit and find it anyways. Better they have respect for and knowledge about guns than to try and hide it from them.

    I have been wanting to get a gun for home protection, but my wife is against it. It think I will win this one in the long run.
     
  17. Shivvy

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    What do think?
     
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    Honestly, I pictured everyone involved as being white when I read the article.
     
  19. Shivvy

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    So did i.