One criminal is dead and another is in custody after their 13-year-old target grabbed his mother’s gun and opened fire on the home invaders before police could respond.
Just before 1:30 p.m., Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, and Ira Bennett, 28, targeted the Charleston area residence where the boy became suspicious after seeing an unfamiliar gray vehicle pull up behind the house.
The 13-year-old was home alone and became suspicious when he saw an unfamiliar gray car pull up behind the home and paid closer attention.
The boy saw a man try to break into the home so he grabbed his mother’s pistol, according to police. He opened fire on the man, and the Sheriff’s office reports that the man returned fire at the boy.
The suspects fled, one of them dropping a Colt .45 caliber handgun, and the boy continued firing as they drove off.
Brown was shot three times, and was driven to the hospital by Bennett. The gray Chevy Sonic they were driving had numerous bullet holes as well, according to a police affidavit.
“I’m speechless right now,” said the boy’s mother. “Who knows how this would have turned out.”
The boy’s mother told reporters that she had the gun at the house for protection, but she never expected her son to use it.
“I tell my kids that if anything ever happens to call 911, but I also tell them to protect themselves if they have to,” she said. “I never would have dreamed that this would have been a part of our day today.”
Both Bennett and Brown have extensive criminal histories, according to a check with the State Law Enforcement Division. Bennett has been convicted of assault with intent to kill, pointing a firearm at a person and third-degree burglary. He has also been convicted of possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Brown’s convictions included six felony drug charges. He had also been convicted of unlawful carrying of a weapon, disorderly conduct and trespassing.