Brave Mom Shoots Intruder 5 Times to Save Twins (VIDEO)

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houseThe truly frightening incident began Friday afternoon in Loganville, Georgia. A woman was working from home while her 9-year-old twins, who had the day off from school, were playing downstairs.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she heard knocks on the door around noon, but ignored them because she figured it was someone selling something. But as the knocks grew more persistent, she became worried. So she got the twins and took them with her into a crawlspace that was connected to her office in the attic.

From there they heard a man, later identified as Paul Slater, break into their home with a crowbar then start going through their things. It's hard to imagine just how terrified they had to be in there, trying not to make a sound, trying not to panic, especially as he made his way up into the attic. 

But when he opened the door to where they were hiding,  he got a surprise. He found himself "staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver," Sheriff Joe Chapman told the paper. The mother fired six bullets, hitting him in the face and neck five times.

Even though she was out of bullets, she told him she'd shoot again if he moved. So as he lay there crying, she ran with her children to a neighbor's house. Slater was trying to flee the home in his car when police captured him.

“When you got five bullets in you, it makes you kind of disoriented,” Chapman said.

Wow, way to go mom.  She doesn't want her identity released, for understandable reasons, but I can't believe she had the composure to do what she did, and I wonder if I would. Chapman said, "You go after a mother’s kids and she’ll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of.”

It's the kind of story that makes gun rights proponents cheer, and it gives them ammunition (if you will) for their arguments that people should be allowed to have weapons. While I do believe adamantly that we need to reform gun control laws, stories like this do make me lean toward a more moderate approach. Of course, for every story like this, there are plenty more in which a child accidentally shoots and kills himself or someone else, so it's much more complicated than one-off incidents.

In this specific case, however, it's hard to deny that it was a good thing the woman had a gun. The story may have had a much more tragic ending if she hadn't, and good for her for having the courage to do what she did.

Do you think you would have been composed and brave enough to do what this woman did?


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bills... billsfan1104

Bruickson, I am a gun supporter.  I do not know the difference between the guns.  But it seems to me that many of these anti-constitution posters, dont know the difference or what these guns are. 

Ashle... AshleyB1984

Good for her. Hope they can rest easy.

miche... micheledo

I'm assuming it was a semi-automatic.  With him right in front of her, I have a hard time believing she loaded each of those bullets into her gun.  

And the fact is, we probably would have a LOT fewer accidental shootings with guns being outlawed.  But sadly, we would have many, many more intentional murders of innocent victims.

Bruic... Bruickson

I agree bills. I think people are just afraid of the unknown. I'm terrified of planes but I've never flown. Many people have died in plane crashes but that doesn't mean planes should be banned. And I'm sure if I took the time to educate myself about planes and actually tried flying it would ease my fears. The AR can look scary if you don't know anything about it. I know they look like something that only military should be using but they are built that way to be light and they have barely any recoil. I look at them more as a sport rifle and they are super fun for target practice. I think people are under the impression that when you pull the trigger a spray of bullets come out. This is NOT the case. Before people start condemning they should try to learn a little more about them.

LoveM... LoveMyKBabies

The intruder is truly a badass. Lol. 5 bullets to the face & neck and he still ran? Wow. Kudos to mom for protecting her boys.

Bruic... Bruickson

Lol @LoveMyKBabies, maybe he was on "bath salts".

Craft... CraftyJenna

Good for her! I'm glad her family is safe. 


wamom223 wamom223

Laressa what you wrote was down right offensive.  So its her fault because she didn't answer the door and tell him to go away?  When you break into some one's house that is the risk you take.  If he was a common intruder he wouldn't have went to the attack.

And for all you gun hater's out there asking why you need so many bullets, when I house sit for my Aunt in Idaho that has bears and wild cats come right to her front door I want as many bullets as I can get.  I don't know if you big city assholes realize this but the big huge animals don't always travel alone and neither do crimanals.  I want to know that if I am out numbered, whether it be animal or mammal that I have as much on my side as I can get.  You people act like its just one intruder you have to worry about when that isn't always the case.  Also don't you people feel stupid when the solutions you are putting up would have had zero effect on any of the shooting in the past few years, and that you act like its the only way to kill people.  Its like you've never seen a Bruce Willis movie or something.

nonmember avatar Chris

Seriously larissalarie?!?!?! So now there is a special set of rules I have to operate under in my own home so I don't confuse some poor burglar by not answering my door? You are really reaching on that one. Most of the home invasions around here happen when someone answers the door and the wretched criminal scum forces their way in. If I don't want to answer my door that is my right in my OWN home. Go sell crazy somewhere else.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Or she could have just looked to see who was at the door without waiting for him to decide nobody was home and it was safe to break in.

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