Linda Ellis, left, was shot in the leg by one of the two masked robbers who broke into her home (Picture: ABC 11)
A 12-year-old boy shot and killed a masked robber ‘in self defense’ after the intruder broke into his grandmother’s home and shot her in the leg.
Home invader, Khalil Herring, 19, died in hospital after being shot by the schoolboy who police say was defending his grandmother when he opened fire.
The boy is not expected to face charges for fatally shooting Herring, according to police.
The attempted burglary by Herring and a second invader happened in Goldsboro, North Carolina, at around 1am on Saturday morning.
Linda Ellis’ grandson fatally shot one of the home invaders, Khalil Herring, 19 (Picture: ABC 11)
Goldsboro police say they responded to reports of a shooting at the home of Linda Ellis, 73, and found her with a non-fatal gunshot wound to the leg, reports ABC 11.
Officers later discovered that two masked robbers had entered Ellis’ apartment, demanded money, and shot her.
Ellis’ grandson is then said to have shot one of the intruders, believed to be Herring, in self defense. The suspects then fled the scene, police said, and Herring was later found injured by the side of the road nearby to the Ellis household.
He was taken to hospital for treatment but died of his injuries on Saturday morning. Police say they found evidence that Herring was one of the two masked men in the apartment.
In a statement, police said: ‘Preliminary evidence suggest Khalil Herring was one of the two masked intruders and was shot during the robbery.
‘A 12-year-old juvenile occupant of the residence shot at the suspects with a firearm in self-defense, causing them to flee the area.’
Linda Ellis was also taken to hospital for treatment for the gunshot wound to her leg and is expected to make a full recovery.
Randolph Bunn, who is Ellis’ son and was at home with her and the boy at the time of the break-in, said: ‘They came in the house, I open the door, I open it, and they came in there.
The attempted robbery took place in the early hours of Saturday morning (Picture: ABC 11)
‘One guy had a gun. They just put me down on the ground… (Ellis) was in the kitchen, I don’t know why they shot her.
‘(The intruder) just shot his grandma… He would have shot him too, he would’ve shot me too, he would’ve killed us all.’
Police say they have yet to make any other arrests regarding the second suspect in the home invasion and added that the investigation is ongoing.
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