It is not at all uncommon for a parent to leave their teens in charge of younger siblings. For one young man in Phoenix, Arizona, a day watching his eight, 10 and 12 year old siblings quickly became his worst nightmare.
At approximately 4:30 Friday afternoon, the unnamed teen heard an unknown woman knocking on the door. She continued banging, even after he ignored her, so the young man took his sibling to safety and grabbed his father’s hand gun.
While coming down the stairs, he witnessed an arm man entering the house. He shot the intruder and wounded him.
The 37-year old man is expected to make a full recovery, Police Officer James Holmes said Saturday.
“The police and indeed our community does not ever want to see a situation where a teenager of that age has to take a weapon to protect his family … but this young man did exactly what he should have done,” he said. “I’m not sure he gave full thought about what he had to do. He just acted.”
Holmes added that the family is lucky that the teen acted so swiftly and effectively.
Warren James is the lead editor for Tundra Tribune. Warren has written for many publications including the New York Daily News, Vanity Fair and Yahoo. Warren is based in New York city and covers issues affecting local communities. In addition to following the day-to-day life of the Big Apple, Warren also has a passion for martial arts.