A shy 13-year-old boy proved a formidable foe for two men on Tuesday when they attempted to break into his family’s home in a section of northern Charleston, South Carolina.

The teenager was at home at 1:30 in the afternoon because he is a student in an online high-school when he became aware of a car pull up behind the house.

When he saw a man attempt to break into the back of the home, the teen, who has not been identified because he is a minor, told police he “grabbed” his mother’s gun because he “feared for his safety.”

One man fired back at the boy before fleeing with his accomplice while the teen continued to fire at the vehicle.

The boy was not injured, but the would-be burglar, Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, died of gunshot wounds at a medical center nearby later in the day according to the Charleston County Deputy Coroner Bobbi Jo O'Neal.

Brown had been left at the hospital by the second suspect, Ira Bennett, after they fled the scene. Bennett was uninjured, although the getaway vehicle had been peppered with bullet holes.

Bennett, 28, has been charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Both men had extensive criminal records.

A Colt .45 pistol was found in the family’s backyard near the site where Brown and Bennett tried to burglarize the home.

The teenager’s mother said he had not been trained to use the gun she keeps in the house “for protection.”

“I tell my kids that if anything ever happens to call 911, but I also tell them to protect themselves if they have to. I never would have dreamed that this would have been a part of our day today.”

The relieved mother also added that she would like to move from the area, even though they have only lived there less than six-months.

“I’m always scared; there’s so much going on all the time in Charleston,” she said. “All I can do is continue to pray and hope it gets better.”


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