Mother in Charleston, SC Defends Young Child From Armed Home Invaders by Opening Fire

August 22 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
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This story is a perfect example of why you should always pay attention, even when doing something as mundane as exiting your car and entering your home.

A mother in Charleston, SC was put in a terrifying situation when she was getting out of her car with her small child in her arms. Two armed men approached her and forced her, along with the child into the home. Fortunately, that’s when the woman took action.

According to WCSC,

When the woman got to her home, she ran to the bedroom, put her child down and grabbed a gun.

Police say the woman then entered the living room where the two suspects were standing and started shooting.

The two men ran from the home once the shooting started. It is unclear if either of the suspects was shot by the gunfire. It is also unclear what type of firearm the mother used in defense of herself, her child and her home.

This is the 33rd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of South Carolina and the 1,264th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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