Goldsboro, NC – A 12-year-old boy fatally shot one of two masked intruders who broke into his home and shot his grandmother in the leg early Saturday morning.
The incident began at approximately 12:30 a.m., when two masked men forced their way into 73-year-old Linda Ellis’ residence on South William Street and demanded money, WITN reported.
“One guy had a gun,” said Ellis’ son, Randolph Bunn, told WTVD. “They just put me on the ground.”
As the situation escalated, one of the suspects shot the elderly woman in the leg, according to police.
That’s when her 12-year-old grandson grabbed a gun and started shooting at the home invaders, hitting one of them.
The suspects fled the family’s home as police were responding to the scene, WTVD reported.
Officers arrived to find Ellis suffering from a gunshot wound to her leg.
The suspect the 12-year-old shot was found lying in an intersection near the residence.
He was rushed to Wayne UNC Health Care hospital, where he was pronounced dead, WTVD reported.
Police identified him as 19-year-old Khalil Herring.
The second armed robbery suspect remains on the loose, according to police.
Ellis was rushed to a local hospital, where she continues to recover from her gunshot wound, WTVD reported.
#NEW: A 12-year-old Goldsboro boy fired off shots at two masked robbers who broke in & shot his grandmother, Linda Ellis. One of those robbers died from their injuries.
At 6, we speak to the family about the frightening ordeal & give an update on “Miss Linda’s” condition. pic.twitter.com/q7yvwPXS9j
— Michael Lozano (@MLozanoABC11) February 13, 2021
Her family said they are expecting her to be released from the hospital on Monday.
Bunn said he has no idea why the gunmen targeted his elderly mother.
Ellis’ niece, Chiquita Coley, said she was stunned when she received the call about someone attacking her aunt, WTVD reported.
“I just couldn’t believe she’d been shot,” Coley told the news outlet. “She’s a good person…God had his hands over us. My aunt is a church lady, she’s saved, and God protected her. It just wasn’t her time, so I thank God.”
Coley said the crime in Goldsboro has been terrible, and that people “just keep shooting” one another.
The Goldsboro Police Department (GPD) said they do not anticipate any charges will be filed against the 12-year-old boy who shot the suspect, WTVD reported.
The investigation into the fatal shooting remains ongoing.