Police want to know why an 11-year-old was at home alone with his 4-year-old sister and why he had access to a loaded gun. While those might be reasonable concerns, what’s most important is that the 11-year-old took responsibility to protect himself and his little sister when a couple of teen thugs tried breaking in their house. The boy picked up the loaded gun and shot once at the 16-year-old home intruder, hitting him in the head and killing him at the scene. The second suspect took off running down the street, but is now in police custody. KSDK reported:
An 11-year-old shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a suspected St. Louis County [Missouri] home invasion Thursday.
According to Sgt. Brian Schellman, a spokesperson for the St. Louis County Police Department, the incident occurred on the 10,000 block of Hallwood Drive around 2:25 p.m.
Two suspects attempted to break into the house when an 11-year-old boy inside the home picked up a loaded gun and fired one shot, striking the 16-year-old. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene inside the home.
A second suspect ran from the scene but is now in custody.
Sgt. Schellman says two subjects approached the home twice earlier in the day, but never were able to get inside.
A 4-year-old girl was also in the home during the incident. The mother of the two children was not home during the shooting and is cooperating with the investigation.
There had been previous break-ins in the area, and the mother bought a gun for herself and her family as a means of self-defense. We don’t yet know why the mom wasn’t there. Perhaps she’s a single, working mom with not much choice but to leave her kids at home while she’s away. Obviously, someone showed the 11-year-old how to handle a gun and was encouraged to use it in case a criminal tried breaking in the house. If they hadn’t had a gun and known how to use it, who knows what the teen thugs would have done to them. Instead of seeing “11-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Home Intruder” in the news, we might have seen something like “11-Year-Old Killed, 4-Year-Old Kidnapped.” Liberals prefer the latter headlines. They wouldn’t dare admit that an 11-year-old is responsible enough to handle a loaded firearm and use it for self-defense.