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14 Year Old Boy Shoots, Critically Injures Home Intruder Phoenix, AZ — A 14-year-old boy stopped a wannabe burglar in his tracks, critically injuring the man as he brandished a gun at the teen and his three siblings Friday afternoon.

According to police, the boy and his siblings, ages 8, 10 and 12, were home alone when a strange woman rang the doorbell that afternoon. The teen later told police he didn’t answer the door because he didn’t recognize the woman.

A short time later, the teen heard someone banging on the door. He gathered his siblings and rushed them upstairs, stopping to retrieve a handgun from his parent’s bedroom.

As the boy stood at the top of the stairs, he saw a man break through the front door and aim a gun at him. Before the intruder could get a shot off the kid fired, effectively altering the intruder’s plans.

Police say the unidentified 37-year-old man was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition. He has since been upgraded to critical condition and is expected to survive. Upon his release, he will be booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault and burglary.

Phoenix Police Officer James 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,” Holmes said. “I’m not sure he gave full thought about what he had to do. He just acted.”

The teen’s parents have declined to talk to the press at this time, 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.”

It has been reported that the gun the kid used belonged to his father, but it is unclear at this time whether he had actually been trained to use it.

The woman who rang the home’s doorbell apparently beat feet at the first sign of trouble and is presumably still on the loose.

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  • C0NSTANTINE

    “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”

  • Jubilex

    He would have gotten away with it – if it weren’t for those pesky kids….

  • The_Yeti_Knows

    Even better than killing him, this way whenever he has to empty his festering poo bag he’ll remember he god aerated by a child ! See ? see ? there is a God, and God’s in the details..in this case the poo bag details.

  • ShelbySP

    He is expected to survive, however he is not expected to live down the fact that he got shot by a kid any time soon.

  • CT

    Hey, stealing my thunder?

  • CT

    Cool kid.

  • UniqueMommy1984

    Someone buy this kid a ps3!!!!

  • Sam

    Awesome.
    If he ever sets up as a babysitter for hire, he’d be swamped for business.

  • Gee

    Good Deal! I just hope the kid isn’t to traumatized by this.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Hell yeah! That kid is a hero. He did everything that a good babysitter should do and then some. If I have more kids, I hope that my oldest is as clever and is just as good a shot as this boy was.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    I’d hire him and I don’t trust teenagers as babysitters. LOL

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    I’m sure he has one. How do you think he became such a good shot?

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Probably not so much anymore.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Someone’s getting a raise in their allowance!

    And a ticker-tape parade? Please? With the dad in Texas? We can call it the “Protecting Your Family” parade!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    That broad that took off running does though.

  • http://profiles.google.com/coldlogic HAL 9000

    Home Alone XXIII – The Revenge

  • newstarshipsmell

    Until the burglar recovers sufficiently to be interrogated and finger his accomplice. At which point they’ll probably find her at home, since she’ll have had plenty of time since the crime to rethink where she should hide and relocate from behind some nearby bushes.

  • Sam

    Just for fun, they should get this kid to go knocking on HER door.

  • newstarshipsmell

    *pound pound pound* “Phoenix Police! Come out with your hands up! We brought the kid!”

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    THAT would be awesome!

  • kimbev69

    Future dad of the yr he will never want for a date

  • Coyote

    This is just one of the reasons I taught my boy how to use a
    gun. I can only hope he’ll never be
    confronted with this scenario, but if so, I sure hope he takes a good aim just
    like this boy.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am glad that this worked out well for the family.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    LMAO @ “We brought the kid.”

  • JGo555

    You don’t get shot if you don’t try to grab SHIT THAT’S NOT YOURS!!!
    You reap what you sow.
    I feel sorry for the boy that was forced to shoot the man, but wtf!? He shouldnt’ have to shoot anyone if you work like EVERYONE ELSE and go to school to get a good job.

  • JGo555

    Sent you a PM on the forums. Did you get it?

  • CT

    No, I must go there immediately!

  • CT

    I can’t tell if I successfully replied? Nice job. It was meant for me.

  • evildino666

    good. This guy shouldhv got shot in the balls too!

  • DMC_Vergil

    This news is delicious.

  • onlyme356

    What are the odds? This kid was 2 steps ahead of the game, good for him. Sad situation, but nice to know the kids weren’t hurt physically at least.

  • neenaP

    Why is a 14 year old left in charge of a brood of kids??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Craig-Ellis/1109178363 Craig Ellis

    Arizona is definitely a gun culture. We walk around openly with a pistol on us; you’re taking your life in your hands if you do a home invasion here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PFPJY4Q4CZ2OUHSCFZ62OWK33A RETIRED_FUZZ

    I remember these big boys brothers! You see after I’m retired FUZZ, but still saw all these kids coming outta the back of the ice cream trucks with their mouths all smeared with some white cream. Well when I found what was going on I started the 1 ADAM 12 GROUND FIGHTING AND GUN CLUB for young adults. Well i’m proud to say that these young men’s older brothers must have taught them a thing or two, or else you’d hear bout these young men chained up in trailers in the middle of some watermelon patch, waiting for whole crews of migrant workers who hadn’t showered, and only use leaves or newspapers, or their own hands to clean themselves. These poor young men would be subjected to lickin them old mens smelly spooge cheese filled beans only till their faces looked like glazed donuts!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    I get you JGo555,however times have in fact changed,going to school does not mean you will get a good job.I know lots of people with college degrees who are now unemployed due to no fault of their own.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Sometimes parents have to work and you see this … specially in one parent households.I have seen as young as 11 years old at home alone with younger siblings … in Texas for instance the law does not state a specific age for this – what it says is that you violate the law if you leave a child who is in need of supervision at home alone.A violation is gauged several ways – if the child is not comfortable at home alone,or on babysitting duty – violation.If the child while alone causes a disturbance,or other problem in which the police are called – violation.

    I remember going on one of these calls back when I was a policeman – a neighbor called in and reported an 11 year old girl at home alone.When I got to the address I found that there was in deed an 11 year old girl there alone ,but after speaking to her I determined there was no criminal offense at the location.The girl was mature minded and stated that she was fine at home by herself.

    The funny,or strange (to me) thing about Texas is that we have a specific age for violating the Unattended Child In Vehicle law, but for unattended child at residence no such stated age.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Dude was owned !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Maybe … maybe not … I have seen a lot of people on this site state that they would not hire a guy to babysit … no one specified an age – they simply said that if the person in question had a dick they would not trust him to baby sit their kid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Since the pistol was confiscated – someone buy the kid another gun.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Most likely he became a decent shot by shooting that hand gun.I been to Phoenix, AZ – there is a lot of desert around there where you can legally go shoot all you want to.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    I lived in Yuma,Az for 4 years while stationed at the Air Base – the only people I saw in that time walking around with guns were the Police,and one,or two crazy looking bastards with six shooter holsters on.Normal people do not walk around wearing guns in Arizona.

  • LeaveMeBe

    No. Shit.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Sadly, I’m afraid he will be, no matter if he was raised in a gun culture or not. Not to say he won’t move on, but it will weigh on him regardless. :(

  • LeaveMeBe

    WTF? 8P

  • LeaveMeBe

    Why would there be a problem with that? It’s not against the law.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Agreed. One of our better laws as it gives LE discretion. I know 16 yo’s who have no business being left unattended but 12 yo’s who are more than capable.

  • neenaP

    I have to work always have. I wouldn’t leave a 14 year old in charge of that many kids. Too much can go wrong.

  • neenaP

    I dont think its safe.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Apparently, his parents were correct in believing their 14 yo could handle anything that could possibly happen, although I am sure this scenario never crossed their mind. Are they kicking themselves and second guessing their decision now? Of course, but it doesn’t mean they were wrong with their initial decision. It’s really a matter of personal opinion and the child or children. My 12 yo stayed home with his 10 yo sister for the summer while my husband and I worked. They were both more than capable and everything was fine, even when there were issues.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    I didn’t get it either … I will try again this weekend when I’m drunk.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Depends teens are not all the same – a parent must know “their” kids.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    The stars have alined – we are once more in total agreement.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I think hell may have froze over as well. :)

  • LeaveMeBe

    We need an interpreter. Where is Oreoface when we need him?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    lmao

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    :)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    I didn’t get much sleep so I can’t tell, you don’t really want an interpreter do you? What he is talking about is very gross.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    There’s a law? Not in the hood. :p

    Due to several bad situations I was forced to become a latch key kid at about 8 or 9 years old. My mother always says “you have to know your children” so she knew I could be trusted.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I really haven’t the faintest idea WTF he is talking about. If you recommend that I let it go, then I will because I trust you that much.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    I just said the same thing above. Maybe I should read before posting. LOL

  • LeaveMeBe

    What’re you laughing at, Brenda? :D

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. ;)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    He is a retired police officer (so he claims) but he remembers seeing the older brother of this little boy coming out of an ice cream truck with man juice on their faces so he started the “1 ADAM 12 GROUND FIGHTING AND GUN CLUB for young adults”. His older brother must have taught him what he learned at said club or else you would have been reading about this little boy and his siblings being chained in a watermelon patch licking the asses of dirty migrant workers.

  • LeaveMeBe

    No, there is no law here in Texas regarding that, other than it’s up to parents discretion. I wasn’t a latch key kid but I had plenty of friends who were from a young age and everyone was fine with it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7AAJ2TEEBCD2XMZ3YP4YGJ4GPE this is what i wear on vacatio

    In your world, how old do children have to be to babysit, or be in charge of younger children? My sister watched, fed and made sure that 5 younger children got into bed EVERY NIGHT because my single mother worked 2 jobs and would not get home until 11pm. I remember this when I was 4. (I am the youngest)

  • LeaveMeBe

    Well. That’s…well. I still say WTF? 8P

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    We definitely need that button on the FP.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Like!

  • sherrdbw

    I bet that robber won’t be breaking into anymore houses anytime soon.

  • JGo555

    True but can you assure me this cat had a degree of ANYTHING???

  • neenaP

    I’d say 16 at the youngest just my opinion. I believe that safety comes first and someone that young cant always be expected to take on that much responsibility and make the best decisions all the time. I’m a single mom too I chose to have another child so I pay someone who is old enough to watch him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    I can not :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    What ??? Maybe I’m just stupid here on this – but now I don’t understand you either … lol.lol.lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Me and you both … I guess Hell is still frozen over …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    Hater !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    This is one of those things that can be debated forever, kinda like the
    question – How old should a teen be before being able to legally choose
    to have sex;everyone has “their” own idea of what the perfect age is … and most ideas do not match the next person’s.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Or there is an asteroid aimed straight for earth and we just don’t know it yet. :)

  • tkaz

    Yeah – my husband is a gun enthusiast (his father is a real life cowboy! It’s in the genes…) & he never carries one except when we travel & even then he checks the laws of other states. Point being, we’re a gun culture…but not quite how everyone pictures it. He collects them, they’re his babies. He shoots them only occasionally. He says bullets cost too much to waste, LOL!! Some cowboy….

  • tkaz

    Well that’s yuck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lara.robertson76 Lara Robertson

    they caught the stupid biotch that was with the douchebag that got shot! kudos to this kid! too bad the guy lived, gonna cost the taxpayers thousands to house his ass in prison !

  • http://www.facebook.com/Leashaness Alicia Lynee’

    I’m a normal person and I carry a gun. I live in fucking Phoenix, in a middle-class ghetto neighborhood. I never leave my house without a gun or pocket knife. I think Craig meant “*Many* of us walk around openly with a gun on us.” Many, not all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Leashaness Alicia Lynee’

    Are you implying he should have been at work/school when this happened? Or were you referring to the burglar?

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