The 37-year-old woman initially thought the person knocking at her door was a solicitor. But when the man repeatedly rang the doorbell, she called her husband. He told her to gather the children and hide while he called 911.
By that time, the man had already forced his way into the three-story house in the town of Loganville.
Authorities told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the man was working his way through the home when he came upon the closet where the woman and her 9-year-old twins were hiding.
“He opens the closet door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver,” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told the AJC.
“She fired all six shots,” the sheriff told television station WAGA. Five of the bullets hit Paul Ali Slater in the face and neck area.