The Byrd family of Lumberton, North Carolina experienced a home invasion Monday night at 10 p.m. as three men showed up at their door. As reported by The Blaze, one man knocked on Kenneth Byrd's door saying that he was having car trouble and needed some water. Two other men suddenly appeared -- wearing all black clothing, gloves and ski masks -- pushing their way into 67-year-old Byrd's house.
All three men were armed with guns. Byrd's wife, Judy, 65, and their 19-year-old granddaughter were also in the home at the time of the invasion. Fay Observer reports that the men began demanding money. Kenneth and Judy were forced into the back part of the house by gunpoint, demanding Byrd open the safe.
News 2 reports that the three armed men turned their attention to the 19-year-old granddaughter and attempted to gang-rape the girl. It has not been made known if the grandfather had his gun inside his safe or exactly how he obtained it, but he didn't waste any time in aiming and shooting at the three men ganging up on his teenage granddaughter.
Byrd managed to shoot all three men, but not before they managed to fire back, shooting the grandfather several times. News 2 reveals that the three suspects quickly fled the scene stealing Byrd's gold Cadillac as their getaway car.
Fay Observer says that "Byrd was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to an unidentified hospital."
A short time later, the police were notified when two men with gunshot wounds turned up for treatment at McLeod Hospital in Dillon. With this information, deputies were able to gather details and found the third suspect, 20-year-old Jamie Lee Faison, dead from gunshot wounds still inside Byrd's gold Cadillac outside Faison's home in Lumberton.
According to News 2, Sherri Bridgeman, a relative of Kenneth Byrd, updated concerning his condition on Facebook.
"He is out of surgery but is still critical in ICU!! Thanks everyone for all your prayers just keep them coming!!! But the intruders have been caught!!!"The two wounded suspects have been identified as "Brandon Carver Stephens, 28, whose last known address was... Fairmont, and Jamar Hawkins, 17, of... Lumberton," as reported by Fay Observer. They have been airlifted to a different hospital for emergency surgery. However, the sheriff's office states they will be charged upon their release from the hospital.
All three suspects, Faison, Stephens and Hawkins are believed to have committed other home invasions and robberies in the area.
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