A Georgia mother gunned down an intruder who broke into her home as her children hid in a crawlspace.
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.
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.
“The guy’s face down, crying,” the sheriff told the newspaper.
The woman told him to stay down or she’d shoot again.
Slater, who has a long rap sheet, survived. He’s listed in critical condition.
The woman’s husband told WSB-TV that his wife is a hero.
“She protected the kids,” he told television station. “She did what she was supposed to do.”
The sheriff agreed.
“That mother’s instinct kicked in,” Chapman told the newspaper. “You go after a mother’s kids and she’ll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of.”
Residents across North Georgia are praising the unidentified woman’s actions.
“God bless this woman,” one reader wrote on WAGA’s website. “She had the strength and courage to stand and protect her children and herself.”
“That is what I call gun control,” another reader wrote. “Good job, lady. You are brave.”