(GA) Residents Shoot Home Invaders in Brunswick


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Drizzt
September 6, 2007, 07:59 PM
Residents Shoot Home Invaders in Brunswick
Last Update: 9/03 11:12 am


Brunswick police are investigating a deadly home invasion. In this case, however, police say the intended targets fought back and shot the suspects.

One man is dead and another seriously injured.

Brunswick police received a 9-1-1 call about a home invasion, just after 1:30 Monday morning. When officers arrived at the house on Wolfe Street, they found an 18 year old sitting on the porch, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Another man had been shot inside the house. He died at a local hospital. The man who was shot in the stomach will be facing criminal charges, according to police.

Police say the two men who were shot broke into the home and tried to rob the residents at gunpoint.

http://www.fox30online.com/content/topstories/story.aspx?content_id=fce28eb5-dd23-4ff0-a361-ba3aded3bb98&rss=10

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Drizzt
September 6, 2007, 08:01 PM
Robbery target won't be victim, kills intruder

Tue, Sep 4, 2007

By EMILY STRANGER

The Brunswick News

When two armed men allegedly attempted to rob a house full of young adults in Brunswick early Monday morning, their victims fought back.

A man visiting the house at 601 Wolfe St. in the city's south end pulled a handgun from the front of his pants and shot the two would-be robbers, killing one of them and wounding the other, police said.

Police did not release the names of the two suspects. No charges had been filed Monday.

The renters of the house, Leah Whitman, 18, Robert Herd, 20, and Josh Stout, 20, had been living there almost three months and had spent all day Sunday moving out their furniture and personal things, Whitman said.

That evening, the three planned to hang out on the front porch one last time with friends and enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

At about 1:30 a.m. Monday, the three, accompanied by two other friends, were sitting on the porch of the two-story, yellow house when the two would-be robbers jumped onto the porch and pulled out a gun.

Whitman said they had been watching the two suspects canvass the neighborhood before the attack.
"They walked up and down the block a couple of times," she said. "We honestly didn't have any idea they were going (to rob) us, though."

Whitman said the two armed men walked her and the others, most of whom were in their early 20s, to the back of the house adjacent to the kitchen.

"They made us take off our shoes and empty our pockets, and stole all of our cell phones," Whitman said. "When they couldn't find cash, they began stealing our change and counting it right there in front of us."

She said the two then demanded car keys.

"They kept joking with us the whole time, telling us they had just smoked crack and that we are poor kids," Whitman said. "One of the robbers said that (his accomplice) had just gotten out of prison, and not to mind him because it was his first time robbing anybody."

At one point, one of the robbers went outside and returned carrying a shotgun, Whitman said.

Whitman said no one knows where the shotgun came from, but believe the robbers might have taken it out of a vehicle belonging to one of her friends.

"One of the robbers who took my car keys even went into the front console of my car and stole all the pennies I had laying there," Stout said.

Every time a new visitor showed up at the house, they were greeted by the robbers, frisked for money and taken to the back room.

The two men became aggravated when more people kept showing up, Whitman said.

About that time, Hector, a friend of the Wolfe Street renters, whose last name they would not reveal, happened to show up at the house.

Hector had never been to the house before and none of the other guests had any idea he was going to drop by for a visit, they said.

"When Hector showed up, (the robbers) walked him to the back room, too," Whitman said.

She said the two made Hector empty out his pockets and take off his shoes just like everybody else. What the two didn't realize was that Hector had a .45 caliber pistol tucked in the front of his jeans.

One of the attackers was in the kitchen area and the other in the front hallway when Hector began shooting.

It played out just like a scene from a movie, Whitman said.

"When the robber tried to rob (Hector), he emptied his pockets, then said, 'I don't know who you think you're robbing,'" she said Monday afternoon. "That's when he pulled out his gun and began shooting them."

Hector allegedly fired two shots at the suspect in the kitchen and three at the suspect in the hallway.

"He took both of them out before either had a chance to shoot back," Herd said. "It all happened so fast ... It's a blur."

The suspect in the kitchen was shot in the abdomen; the one in the hallway was fatally shot in the right side.

"After Hector shot (the robbers), we all crawled out the windows of the house, and (Hector) stayed inside to make sure we got out safe," Whitman said.

The suspect who was fatally shot tried to run up the stairs after he was wounded and died at the top of the staircase, said witnesses at the home on Monday.

The other suspect managed to walk out to the front porch, where he was found by city police and rushed to the emergency room of the Brunswick hospital of Southeast Georgia Health System.

Whitman, thinking back on the incident Monday afternoon, said she feels lucky to be alive.

She said neither of the suspects wore bandanas or masks to cover their faces.

"They were completely unmasked and I think they would have shot us because they wouldn't have wanted to leave any witnesses," she said. "(Hector) really saved our lives."

Everett Clark, who lives across from the house on Wolfe Street, said he hopes the shooting is a warning to any would-be robbers in Brunswick.

"Maybe this will send a message that we're sick of all these robberies and violence, and we're not going to take it anymore," he said.

http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/open_access/news/320116870133203.php

rkh
September 6, 2007, 08:20 PM
Good job, Hector! :cool:

Standing Wolf
September 6, 2007, 08:36 PM
The suspect who was fatally shot tried to run up the stairs after he was wounded and died at the top of the staircase, said witnesses at the home on Monday.

Who says criminals never do the right thing?

FieroCDSP
September 6, 2007, 08:37 PM
For those who havent already, picture the alternative ending:

Three (or X, take your pick) dead in robbery.

Brunswick police are investigating the murder of several people in a Wolfe St home this evening. Armed gunmen entered the residence during a party to celebrate the moving out of the residents, robbery is the suspected motive. The victims were gunned down execution-style by a twelve guage shotgun after emptying their pockets and having their vehicles ransacked.

Witnesses place two men circling the neighborhood around the time of the killings, but have yet to detain any suspects. Anyone with information should contact local law enforcement.


It's poor writing, but you get the point. If they didn't wear masks, they were either stupid, or not caring. The only reason not to care if you're seen is if the witnesses are dead.

Hector, good job, mano. Be sure to teach your friends if they want.

230RN
September 7, 2007, 01:52 AM
Another shooting of an 18 year old "child" for the Brady Bunch grist mill.

Good going, Hector !

I agree he's a hero and probably saved the lives of every person in that back room.

Bazooka Joe71
September 7, 2007, 02:11 AM
Good job Hector...I just have one question.

Hector had a .45 caliber pistol tucked in the front of his jeans.


Mexi-style:confused:

Was he legally allowed to carry it? Not that I care, because he(probably) saved alot of lives, but how will this affect him if it wasn't legal?

30 cal slob
September 7, 2007, 09:13 AM
Good shooting Hector!

p.s. maybe he was wearing thunderwear.

romma
September 7, 2007, 09:26 AM
Viva La Hector!!

'I don't know who you think you're robbing,'"

They do now!

outerlimit
September 7, 2007, 09:57 AM
I love a story with a happy ending.

Was watching this and some similiar stories on that station. It's a wonder they ever find anybody, since the news seems afraid to give a description of any suspects for any story.

Animal Mother
September 7, 2007, 10:27 AM
I live in this area, and we've had a lot of home invasions and shootings lately. Everyone in the community is basically feels the shooter is a hero (rightly so).

Of course, to balance out any pro-gun feeling in the community, today we had an article in the local paper about a couple of stolen AKM rifles:

http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/open_access/news/321514787540320.php

The anti-gun slant of the article and factual inaccuracies are mind-boggling. Id expect this kind of yellow journalism in Chicago, not Georgia. :barf:

MIL-DOT
September 7, 2007, 10:41 AM
are we gonna have to start a civil-suit defense fund for hector ?:uhoh:

Cacique500
September 7, 2007, 06:22 PM
+1 for Hector.

Of course, to balance out any pro-gun feeling in the community, today we had an article in the local paper about a couple of stolen AKM rifles:

http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/open...4787540320.php

In a nutshell, two AK's were stolen from two different locations...so the reporter comes up with this little gem:

The AK-47 military assault rifle, which entered popular awareness as actor Sylvester Stallone's weapon of choice in his "Rambo" movies, is a killing machine. It can fire 600 bullets a minutes over a distance slightly longer than three football fields. :cuss:

Couldn't let that statement go unchallenged and I wrote a letter to the editor, politely suggesting that Ms. Stranger needs to do a little bit of research about her subject before writing an article...

xjchief
September 7, 2007, 07:01 PM
I'd like to see someone unload 600 rounds through an AKM in one minute. (I doubt anybody can pull the trigger 10 times in one second and has a magazine that holds 600 rounds.)

Don't these clowns realize that the overwhelming majority of the "AK-47's" in the US aren't the select fire versions in the movies?

FieroCDSP
September 7, 2007, 11:55 PM
I thought Rambo was usually packing a light machine gun.

Robert Hairless
September 8, 2007, 12:12 AM
The villains evidently thought that the house was a Gun Free Zone like a school or college.

uneasy_rider
September 8, 2007, 09:28 AM
Was he legally allowed to carry it? Not that I care, because he(probably) saved alot of lives, but how will this affect him if it wasn't legal?

He was an invited guest on private property, and I think it would be legal for him to carry concealed or open in GA.

MIL-DOT
September 8, 2007, 09:48 AM
" He was an invited guest on private property, and I think it would be legal for him to carry concealed or open in GA."

it actually says " he happeneed to show up", as opposed to being "invited". not sure if this distinction is significant.

JohnL2
September 8, 2007, 10:07 AM
I love these kind of happy endings. Good shooting.

RLsnow
September 8, 2007, 10:11 AM
maybe he was welcome but not "expected" as in he knows them and are there friends, he just reckoned it was ok for him to come over and visit.

oh well he might go to jail :S but at least he is alive, and so is (was it?) 3 others.

rmodel65
October 7, 2008, 05:29 PM
i know this is an old post but i know hector. hes a few years younger than me. this definitely put an end to home invasions down town

animal mother do you live in the historic district? i do you might see me walking union street open carrying one day

armedandsafe
October 7, 2008, 05:58 PM
Open house = invited guest.

Pops

Larry E
October 7, 2008, 06:27 PM
A better ending than a home invasion where I live where a guy was beaten with a baseball bat and is still in the hospital in critical condition a few weeks after the beating. The four "defendants" have all pleaded "not guilty". I hope that LE has some good evidence on them and hangs all our out to dry.

Defensory
October 8, 2008, 12:43 AM
Posted by Mil-Dot:
it actually says " he happened to show up", as opposed to being "invited". not sure if this distinction is significant.

I'd say it's not significant. The people living in the house would have to press charges against him for being on their property with a gun. Since he stopped them from being robbed and very likely murdered, I seriously doubt they'll be pressing charges against him. ;)

TCB in TN
October 8, 2008, 12:55 AM
For future reference. Those who DON'T want to get shot should remember to not ROB other people. I would say it was a good job by the young man in mentioned!

TCUGLOCKER
October 8, 2008, 01:49 AM
I'm sure that the living suspect will wish that he hadn't survived when he realizes he'll be charged with his accomplices murder as well as armed robbery and slew of other charges.

These guys got what they deserved. Time to send the garbage back to prison where i'm sure IF he ever gets out he'll commence to committing new crimes the day he is released, good job Hector.

smartshooter.45
October 8, 2008, 02:21 AM
people who rob houses at gunpoint run the risk of exactly this. GOOD JOB HECTOR! i hope all those idiots out there who steal from honest people REALIZE THERE CAN BE DRASTIC CONSEQUENCES!!! he was carrying a .45 haha. good man.

smartshooter.45
October 8, 2008, 02:27 AM
The villains evidently thought that the house was a Gun Free Zone like a school or college.

yea they must have thought it was what i like to call a "Free to do ANY violent crime" zone

+1 Hector

Steve Raacke
October 8, 2008, 02:49 AM
Everett Clark, who lives across from the house on Wolfe Street, said he hopes the shooting is a warning to any would-be robbers in Brunswick.

"Maybe this will send a message that we're sick of all these robberies and violence, and we're not going to take it anymore," he said.


I would hope that it sends a message to the residents of that area of the need to be properly armed at all times.
The renters had watched these creeps case the place and still they didn't have the means to protect themselves. If Hector, who had never bothered to visit before, had not shown up they may all be dead.

Phil DeGraves
October 8, 2008, 09:28 AM
Good center mass hits from Hector.

graygun
October 8, 2008, 09:43 AM
I don't recall Rambo using a AK47. Was she maybe ignorant enough to mistake him sawing-away with a M60 for the Russian tanker's invention?

blkbrd666
October 8, 2008, 09:50 AM
Maybe I missed something...does Hector have a .45 that shoots .410 shells? How did the robber get shot with a .45 and wind up on the front porch with a shotgun wound to the abdomen??? Did someone else decide to shoot him with his own weapon?

Treo
October 8, 2008, 10:23 AM
I don't recall Rambo using a AK47. Was she maybe ignorant enough to mistake him sawing-away with a M60 for the Russian tanker's invention?

In Rambo 2 they offer him an M-16 W/ a 203 , he turns it down in favor of an AK

I also like the way the article makes no distinction between an AK clone and an AK

Tim L
October 8, 2008, 02:04 PM
Blkbrd666 not sure where you read that he had a shotgun wound to the abdomen, I've re-read the article and see where he was found with a gunshot wound.

Tim

SsevenN
October 8, 2008, 03:27 PM
Gunshot wound =/= Shotgun wound :p

the foot
October 8, 2008, 10:02 PM
Hector my man- Hahira GA says well done!

BruceRDucer
October 9, 2008, 01:26 AM
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This was a very interesting account of self defense. These people are all lucky to be alive, and owe their lives to one sensible :):):o:o man.

rmodel65
October 9, 2008, 02:29 AM
Quote:
Was he legally allowed to carry it? Not that I care, because he(probably) saved alot of lives, but how will this affect him if it wasn't legal?
He was an invited guest on private property, and I think it would be legal for him to carry concealed or open in GA.



technically you need a GFL to be in your own yard with a hand gun in GA iirc

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