On Tuesday afternoon in Ladson, South Carolina, a 13-year-old boy was studying at home, attending an online public school. Normally, there’s a family member present, but this time he was alone.
As the Post and Courier reports, the boy said he became suspicious after seeing a vehicle pull up behind the house.
The boy saw a man try to break into the back of the home, “at which time he feared for his safety” and grabbed his mother’s pistol, the document states.
He went to the back door of the house and fired at the person outside, and the man returned fire. The two suspects then fled, and as they drove away, the boy continued shooting at them, according to the affidavit.
Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, of Summerville, died at Trident Medical Center of gunshot wounds, according to Charleston County Chief Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal. He was dropped off at the hospital by the second suspect, Ira Bennett, after fleeing the Elderwood Drive home where the shooting took place, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Both Bennett and Brown have extensive criminal histories, according to a check with the State Law Enforcement Division. Bennett has been convicted of assault with intent to kill, pointing a firearm at a person and third-degree burglary. He has also been convicted of possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Brown’s convictions included six felony drug charges. He had also been convicted of unlawful carrying of a weapon, disorderly conduct and trespassing.
The boy’s mother said she had the gun at the house for protection, but had never trained her son to use it. Seems like he picked up the basics pretty well on his own.
Gun control activists seize on any opportunity to prove that guns take innocent lives. But they’ll never report any statistics showing how many innocent lives were saved by guns.
Here’s one of those statistics. And it’s a doozy.
As the NRA says, The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.
[Note: This article was written by NRA member Michele Hickford]