WHY I CARRY: Father is Shot in Front of His Family, 15 Year Old Daughter Physically Attacks Shooter
Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun use stories, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories are the “other side of the coin” so to speak and serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to take responsibility for your own personal safety.
In this case a father was shot in his own home, near his family, by one of two burglary suspects who he interrupted.
According to RTV6, the man’s daughter took center stage in the incident next,
“When I walked in I just saw my dad on the floor, and the man running. He was going, He was screaming. He was saying call 911. Go to the neighbors.” Romero said. “My stepmom said, ‘He’s been shot!’ and then I ran out through the door, knocked on my next-door neighbor’s door, and she was the one who called 911.”
The 15-year-old says she chased one of the suspects, and when she grabbed him he punched her.
“I chased him and I grabbed his hood and he punched me first. We were going at it like a good minute or so,” Romero said. “And that’s when my stepmom came in and started hitting him with something and he jumped over the fence and left because I couldn’t get him anymore.”
While the 15 year old could not legally carry a firearm, either of her parents could have. This would have likely changed the dynamic of the situation considerably.
Also, credit the 15 year old daughter with trying to physically restrain one of the suspects. She’s a fighter for sure.
The suspects managed to ultimately escape and they remain at large. The father was transported to an area hospital where is in fair condition.
As always, I have to point out that a firearm may or may not have helped prevent or stop this crime. However, I prefer to have options whenever possible over simply begging for my life.