A mom shoots an intruder 5 times after he started working his way through her house, growing close to the attic where she had hidden her 9-year-old twins.
The Georgia mother heard knocks on her front door on Friday, assuming they were from someone trying to sell them something. She yelled down to her 9-year-old kids not to answer the door, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted, but the visitor was persistent. He kept ringing the doorbell, prompting the mom to call her husband at work. He told her to get the kids and hide.
The man used a crowbar to break in, and the mom heard him making it closer and closer to where she and the children were hidden in an upstairs closet.
“He opens the closet door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver,” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Chapman did not identify the woman or say exactly where the shooting took place.
With not other recourse, the mom shoots the intruder 5 times in the face and neck. Someone, he was still alive and crying on the floor. The mom tells him not to move, and the intruder obliged, Chapman recalled.
The man made it out of the home and tried to drive away, but was soon found in a neighbor’s driveway, bleeding profusely.
“When you got five bullets in you, it makes you kind of disoriented,” Chapman told the AJC.
Luckily for Slater, the gunshots were not believed to be life-threatening and he is expected to survive.
Slater was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center and is expected to survive, the sheriff said.
The mom who shoots the intruder 5 times is being called a hero by her husband, Donnie Herman, who said, “She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do.”
The story of the mom who shoots an intruder 5 times has taken on a bigger meaning in the media and throughout the internet. In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, many gun control advocates have called for stricter laws. But this event is being seized by guns rights advocates and websites like Guns Save Lives as a testament to the value of firearms.