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12-Year-Old Shoots Home Intruders, Kills One

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A 12-year-old North Carolina boy shot and killed a man after two home intruders broke into his home and shot a 73-year-old woman, police said.

The Goldsboro Police Department responded to a call at approximately 12:43 a.m. Saturday regarding a report of a shooting, the department confirmed in a statement to the Daily Caller.

Two masked-men broke into the home of 73-year-old Linda Ellis and demanded money, according to police. One of the intruders then shot Ellis. The suspects were forced to flee after a 12-year-old unidentified occupant of the house shot at the suspects in what police described as “self-defense.”

The boy shot Khalil Herring, who later succumbed to his injuries at Wayne UNC Health Care. Another suspect was found and was also taken to the hospital, according to police.

Ellis was treated for non-life threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition, police said.

Goldsboro Police said they do not anticipate any charges against the boy but that the investigation remains ongoing.

Randolph Bunn, who was present at the time of the incident and is the son of Ellis and the great-uncle of the child who fired the gun, said he feared the intruders would have killed them all, according to ABC 11. (RELATED: REPORT: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Robber Holding His Family Hostage)

“[The intruder] just shot his grandma … He would have shot him too, he would’ve shot me too, he would’ve killed us all,” Bunn said, noting the boy is Ellis’ grandson, according to the report.

Chiquita Coley, Ellis’ great-niece, said she was shocked about the incident, according to WRAL.

“My phone was constantly ringing, and ringing and ringing,” Coley told the outlet. “I just couldn’t believe she been shot because she’s a good person.”