Grandmother with gun confronts intruders in her house
BOYNTON BEACH (CBS12) —
A Boynton Beach grandmother was home alone when three burglars entered her house.
But what she did next may surprise you.
"It was really scary. It was a very, very scary situation. 'Cause I had no idea what they were gonna do," said the woman, whom we agreed not to identify.
About 12:45 Tuesday afternoon she went to the peephole and saw a man was at her front door, banging on the door, ringing the bell.
He left but came back a few minutes later, with a T-shirt over his head, and putting on gloves, so she ran to the bedroom to get a handgun from the dresser beside her bed.
"I heard something, glass breaking and then I was freaking out," she recalled.
Three menthree burglars---- were in her living room, and she was in the bedroom standing just inside the doorway ready to shoot them if they entered.
"I decided that it's either them or me, you know. I had to save my life. One of them came to the door here and opened it and when he did I had the gun in his face," she said.
She said she had no idea if the intruders were armed. But she was not about to become a victim.
She had a gun and she was ready to use it.
"I raised the gun and pointed it at his face," she explained.
She says the three guys were mortified and shocked to see a woman aiming a gun at them.
"I called them bastards and I said I'm gonna kill you! All three of them started running for the door," she told CBS12.
You can still see the damage they did to the front door, where they broke it down when they came in.
She says they were in the house for maybe 30 seconds. They didn't steal anything.
"I think it was the worst day of my life. It was the most horrifying day of my life. I couldn't believe it, I thought it was a bad nightmare," she said.
She's just relieved she had a handgun to defend herself with.
"I think it's wonderful. I think it's the only thing that saved me. It was my Godsend. I don't know what I would've done without it. I've never experienced anything like that before in my life. It was horrible, to have three strangers in your house and ransacking it. I was very angry. It's like, how dare you do this! You know. This is our home," the woman said.
Because of this incident she's telling her neighbors if they don't have a gun, they should think about getting one.
She and her husband also intend to get a bigger, more powerful handgun to replace the .22 that she now has. She plans to go to a shooting range and practice to make sure she's ready if it happens again.