California Gun Owner Shoots, Kills Alleged Home Invader

An alleged home invader met his end recently when he picked a gun owner as his next victim.

A California homeowner in Santa Clarita fatally shot an alleged home invader Friday night, NBC Los Angeles reports. The victim said the man tried to break into his home several times and would not leave. The man allegedly broke a window and attempted to gain entry into the home when the victim suddenly shot him multiple times, killing him.

“It’s quiet, I’ve lived here probably 7.5 years and we’ve never had anything,” nearby resident Shelly Molinar told KTLA. “So, it’s kind of scary … because you feel like you live in a safe neighborhood.”

The homeowner used a handgun to kill the man. Authorities are investigating the shooting.

A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation of self-defense shootings between July 2014 and July 2015 found that hundreds of potential victims were saved by gun-toting Americans. Unlike Friday’s shooting, the analysis found that gun carriers were able to defend themselves usually without killing the invader. Of 217 suspects in the analysis, 148 perpetrators survived their encounter with a gun carrier, whether they took a gunshot wound or simply fled. The other 69 were killed, so more than half the suspects involved survived.

See the investigation’s interactive graphic here.

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