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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Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Anyone paying attention to the fact that this man was shot how many times and was still able to try and get away? What if he was also armed? This story would have been different. She may not have had enough ammo to stop this guy from shooting her or one of her children.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Tuffy - just gotta say, love your comment! Lol

nonmember avatar zach

First of all, wamom, you lumped all big city dwellers together, as if we all have one mind. That couldn't be farther from the truth, and is no different than being a racist. Secondly, I am a 6 foot, 1 inch tall man (ok, only 170 lbs, but still), and I wouldn't open the door to a strange man. Thirdly, I don't own a gun, but I have no problem with anyone else owning one. But I believe that there is a compromise that keeps these killing maniacs from being able to kill multiple people in a short time. Of course you should be able to protect your family! I don't think anyone is against that! Bloomberg has done some great things for NY, and some incredibly stupid things, too. P.S. I've only been there once, but I loved Seattle.

hopea... hopealways4019

He probably wasn't even gonna harm her? Especially with the children presence. But I know that was terrifying, that's my worst nightmare.

wamom223 wamom223

Great point Hockey (to both).  That is my problem with all this gun control talk.  They act like if you shoot once then the person dies.  All of you that are impressed by how much this dude was shot and that he was still alive must not be familiar with the history of shootings of Tupac Shakur.  He was shot in the head and lived and I will admit he'd been shot so many times I didn't believe he was dead at first.  I hope that by the time I die I can say that I have never killed another person but if it comes down to my life or my families life I will do what I have to.  I agree there are some people we shouldn't be giving guns to but lets stop punishing the responsible gun owners because it isn't fixing anything.

lasombrs lasombrs

who the hell gets shot 6 times in the face and neck and drives away? damn

wamom223 wamom223

Okay Zach you are right, you got lumped together.  Sorry.  I will revise my statement to -what the majority of you big city assholes-does that make you happy now.  Also the fact that you even brought racism up and that you apparently thought my response was to you alone kind of makes me think that you are an asshole or at the very least self absorbed (like most city dwellers) by the way.  There is comprise and there is doing something for no other reason then making the other side happy and I don't agree with that.  More children were killed with hammer's last year then guns, are you ready to compromise on hammer regulation or are you ready to call it what it is which is bullshit?  

P.S. Bloomberg igonred the majority of his city after Hurricane Sandy and was patting himself on the back before people even got their power back, that's not leadership dude.

tuffy... tuffymama

ITA about Bloomberg, BTW. I have Libby friends in the city and he makes them long for Giuliani. THAT'S how awful he is.

MrsYo... MrsYoung1287

How do you people know he would have went away if she answered the door?? His ass got what he deserved, I sure as hell would have done the same thing. And to larissa holy shit I can tell your a fucking out of your damn mind!

tuffy... tuffymama

hopealways, I say this with kindness: please get your head out of your hiney if you are raising kids. That man most assuredly was going to do them harm. Pull the scales from your eyes and see the world for what it is. Please.

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