Young boy shoots burglar and then mocks him for 'crying like a baby'
An 11-year-old boy, Chris Gaither from Talladega, Alabama, has told reporters how an intruder "cried like a baby" after Chris shot him in the leg with a 9mm handgun.
Home school-student Chris was alone at his house on Wednesday morning when he heard footsteps; someone had broken in and was walking around upstairs, apparently intending to burgle the Gaither's home.
Chris took hold of a nearby gun and prepared to face the intruder, who started coming back down the stairs carrying a hamper.
“When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” the boy told local news broadcaster WVTM.
"When I pulled the gun out I guess he didn’t think it was a real gun cause he didn’t worry about it, he just kept on walking."
As the intruder left by the front door Chris started shooting, firing off 11 rounds before the 12th hit its target.
“I shot through the hamper he was carrying,” Chris said. “It was a full metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby."
Local police investigating the incident have not released the name of the suspect. According to Gaither’s mother the man had broken into their house and stolen items on a previous occasion.
After the shooting the suspect was taken to Brookwood Health Center-Baptist Citizen’s Medical Center.
Asked if he had a message for the man, Chris said: “I hope you learn your lesson coming to this house trying to steal stuff."