15-year-old shots intruder who broke into family's home

People should read the entire story.

Maxine Chandler thought she would faint in the wee hours of Saturday when she heard a knock at her door and opened it, only to have a man lunge toward her.

She slammed the door shut and watched the 6-foot-tall man banging a bicycle against the front of her house -- repeatedly hitting the window and the door.

Chandler's screaming and crying roused her 15-year-old son, Javaris Granger, who came to see what was wrong.

Javaris went to his mother's bedroom and loaded the two handguns his father keeps for protection in the home in the 700 block of South 61st Avenue. The family also called 911.

The man -- later identified by police as Keil Jumper -- kicked the door off its hinges and barged into the home about 3:30 a.m. Jumper, 22, lives on the Seminoles' reservation near Hollywood.

Javaris, who is 5-foot-6 and weighs about 125 pounds, took cover behind a wall, armed with a gun in each hand. One of the guns was a .38 caliber, but family members said Tuesday night they were unsure about the other gun.

''He was going crazy,'' Javaris said. ``I shot one time to let him know he had to leave. The dude didn't leave. He was looking at my eyes, trying to get closer.''

The gun in Javaris' right hand jammed, and he fired with the gun in his left, sending Jumper running from the single-story home. Javaris thought his shots missed the man, simply scaring him off. . . . .


Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

A door alarm will wake you at night while you sleep.

I remember a stabbing of a young governors daughter while she slept. Her parents were in the next bedroom sleeping. They had a dog too. The murderer was never caught. Was Governor Percy or Kerner (Illinois) - I forget.

The fortress mentality, and a fifteen-year-old that has common-sense can prevent a family's worst nightmare. Before you consider trigger locks try training your children how to use firearms.

5/24/2006 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, of course. It's kids who are kept in the dark about firearms and have never used or handled one who end up accidentally shooting themselves or other.

It's kids who know about guns who are able to protect themselves and their families in situations such as this. This story is such an excellent example of why people "need" handguns.

Education, not demonization, saves lives.

5/24/2006 6:38 PM  

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