Boy, 12, opens fire on home invaders who shot his grandmother – and takes out one of the shooters

GOLDSBORO, NC – A 12-year-old boy is being credited with opening fire on two alleged intruders who broke into his home and non-fatally shot his grandmother.

According to officials, one of the intruders the boy fired upon died as a result of the sustained gunshot wounds.

From what Goldsboro Police relayed of the matter, an unidentified assailant accompanied by a 19-year-old accomplice tried to force their way into an apartment at around 12:30 a.m. on February 13th.

When the intruders made their way into the dwelling, they’d allegedly demanded money and valuables and wound up allegedly shooting a 73-year-old woman who was inside of the home. Said woman shot was later identified as Linda Ellis.

During this incident, the 12-year-old grandson of the woman shot produced a firearm and began to open fire on the alleged intruders – striking at least one of them.

Randolph Bunn, who is the son of Ellis and the great uncle of the 12-year-old boy, was apparently at the home when the incident happened and detailed what allegedly unfolded:

“They came in the house, I open the door, I open it, and they came in there… One guy had a gun. They just put me down on the ground. [Ellis] was in the kitchen, I don’t know why they shot her.”

“[The suspects] just shot his grandma…He would have shot him too, he would’ve shot me too, he would’ve killed us all.”

Police later found the body of 19-year-old Khalil Herring, who would later be pronounced deceased after being transported to a hospital.

The grandmother who was shot was also transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, and she was last stated as being in stable condition after the shooting.

Investigators determined that Herring was one of the assailants involved in the home invasion/shooting. No details have been released by officials regarding the second suspect allegedly involved as of this writing.

Officials have stated that there are no charges being considered for the 12-year-old boy regarding the incident, noting that the shots fired align with being done in self defense.

It’s cases like these that showcase the importance of not only a home that has access to firearms, but the importance of imparting the knowledge of firearms handling onto the younger inhabitants of a household. 

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Home invasions can occur quickly – such as the recent case stemming from Houston, Texas – and police need your help in trying to identify one of the alleged suspects from that case. 

Here’s our previous report on the matter. 

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HOUSTON, TX – A home invasion reportedly transpired in Houston in early February, where two victims inside of the home were said to have been bound as a trio of suspects ransacked the home searching for valuables.

Officials say that one of the victims is a 16-year-old boy who was attending an online class when he and his sister became the victims of this home invasion.

According to Houston Police, the incident occurred on February 4th at a home located near Interstate 45 and the Beltway.

Reportedly, the 16-year-old male victim was attending one of his online classes when he heard some sort of loud noise downstairs inside of his home.

When the teen went to investigate the source of this noise, he was said to have been confronted by an armed male suspect who was demanding both valuables and money.

The suspect was said to have used zip ties to bind the teen boy’s hands together and then utilized a television electrical cord to tie up the boy’s sister.

The 16-year-old victim stated that he heard the gunmen start speaking Spanish to two other suspects that he could hear – but could not see.

The three suspects were said to have essentially trashed the house in search of whatever valuables they could find, until a neighbor decided to check on the brother and sister.

This neighbor had actually wound up confronting one of the suspects allegedly involved in this home invasion and began to record the individual, repeatedly asking what this individual was doing inside of that house.

Said suspect that was being recorded by the neighbor reportedly continued to walk away from the individual and wound up going into a black Chevy Traverse that swung by to pick the suspect up.

Suspect image from Houston Police
Image of one suspect from Feb. 4 home invasion captured on neighbor’s cell phone video – Houston Police Department

Monica Pinon, the mother of the two teens, recently spoke about the experience her children went through: 

“The kids were in school. We kept them home thinking it would be safer with everything going on. Now, we can’t even do that. My son is coming down the stairs, and [the suspect] just points the gun at him. He’s like, just do what I say and nothing will happen.”

Pinon stated that her children are traumatized after the ordeal, and is also distraught over the damage caused by the three suspects currently at-large: 

“They’re traumatized with everything…[the suspects] tore-up everything. Until we get the house together, I don’t want them back until we feel secure.”

One issue that Pinon is having difficulty addressing is the rhetorical notion of “why us”: 

“I don’t know if we’ll feel like this is our home anymore…We don’t have anything. I don’t know the reason. We didn’t provoke anyone. What was the reason? Why us?”

Officials say detectives were able to retrieve surveillance video that was available nearby , as well as the cell phone video that was captured by the neighbor during the incident – which a link to the video can be seen here on the Houston Police Department’s robberies investigations website.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in helping furnish any information that can assist detectives in this ongoing investigation.

Tipsters with details on the case, or who can help identify the individual featured in the HPD video, are urged to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8477.


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