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Brooklyn, NY - Boy, 10, Grabs Home Intruder's Gun, Shoots Wall

Published on: June 4, 2013 07:32 PM
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School children pass the home of a 10-year-old Brooklyn boy who police say on Monday picked up a gun dropped by a would-be robber dressed as a delivery man and fired a shot, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in New York. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)School children pass the home of a 10-year-old Brooklyn boy who police say on Monday picked up a gun dropped by a would-be robber dressed as a delivery man and fired a shot, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in New York. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Brooklyn, NY - A 10-year-old boy picked up a gun that was dropped in his home by a would-be robber dressed as a deliveryman and fired a shot, helping to chase away the intruder and a partner, police said Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

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Two men in disguise knocked on the door to the Brooklyn house on Monday evening, and two teenage sisters opened the door, police said. In video released Tuesday, one man is seen carrying an open cardboard box and pushing his way into the home; a second man quickly follows.

The intruders went upstairs to the second floor. A woman, the owner of the home, then slammed a bedroom door on one of the men’s arms.

The man dropped his gun, police said, and it was picked up by the owner’s son, who fired a round that hit a wall. Police said one of the men fired back but no one was hit and the men fled the red-brick house without stealing anything. Police were investigating.

The two-family home is on a busy thoroughfare in Canarsie, a south Brooklyn residential neighborhood that ends at the Jamaica Bay. Other children were in the home at the time, but police said they didn’t witness anything.

The family didn’t answer the doorbell Tuesday. A handwritten note posted on the front door Tuesday told reporters not to ask for interviews and to respect that family members were still “traumatized on what occurred yesterday.”

“We just want to continue with our daily routines,” the note read.

A note is posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013, on the home of a 10-year-old Brooklyn boy who police say on Monday picked up a gun dropped by a would-be robber dressed as a delivery man and fired a shot, in New York. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)A note is posted Tuesday, June 4, 2013, on the home of a 10-year-old Brooklyn boy who police say on Monday picked up a gun dropped by a would-be robber dressed as a delivery man and fired a shot, in New York. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Neighbors said the family moved to the area a few years ago and keeps to itself.

Neighbor Onika Rogers said she was shocked by the violence, describing the block as peaceful and quiet. She said Monday’s home intrusion and gunfire made her worry for her own children, three sons around the same age as the 10-year-old boy.

“I’ll call him brave,” she said. “He’s a brave little boy.”


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 Jun 04, 2013 at 07:38 PM monalisa Says:

Gun control only stops responsible homeowners from protecting themselves. Criminals still get them. Liberals hate these stories. These people could have been killed.

Give this kid a medal, a ride in a police helicopter (not a car, the neighbors will think he's being arrested) & a scholarship. Brave boy!

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 08:42 PM jpeditor Says:

Reply to #1  
monalisa Says:

Gun control only stops responsible homeowners from protecting themselves. Criminals still get them. Liberals hate these stories. These people could have been killed.

Give this kid a medal, a ride in a police helicopter (not a car, the neighbors will think he's being arrested) & a scholarship. Brave boy!

Omein.

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 08:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Canarsie hasn't been a safe neighborhood in 30 years!

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 09:50 PM jacob Says:

Oh that's gr8 but now they will charge the boy with illegal possession of firearm in illegal use of firearm

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 10:49 PM Grumpy Says:

unsafe for 20 years ... not 30

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 Jun 04, 2013 at 11:24 PM SilverNGold Says:

New York.
Very strict gun control laws = very safe city.

If you're fortunate enough to not live in New York or Maryland, go buy a firearm of your choice.

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 04:55 AM Oldtimer Says:

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SilverNGold Says:

New York.
Very strict gun control laws = very safe city.

If you're fortunate enough to not live in New York or Maryland, go buy a firearm of your choice.

Sorry, a safe city has little to do with gun control, and everything to do with good policing. Chicago has strict gun control laws, but is far from safe. Watch what will happen when they ban "stop and frisk".

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 12:59 AM Chaveirim Says:

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SilverNGold Says:

New York.
Very strict gun control laws = very safe city.

If you're fortunate enough to not live in New York or Maryland, go buy a firearm of your choice.

NYC is a very safe city??? I'm assuming that you didn't hear/read of the 25 shootings that happened this past Saturday and Sunday in 4/5 Boroughs...

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 01:23 AM Anonymous Says:

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monalisa Says:

Gun control only stops responsible homeowners from protecting themselves. Criminals still get them. Liberals hate these stories. These people could have been killed.

Give this kid a medal, a ride in a police helicopter (not a car, the neighbors will think he's being arrested) & a scholarship. Brave boy!

I don't suppose you read the part about the intruder firing back and missing. What if he had hit the boy? Gun control is not a liberal/conservative issue - the Brady law was named after a Republican, after all. Some of us just happen to believe all of the statistics that link the number of guns in a society with the number of shootings, and others choose to ignore the statistics and live in a world in which everyone is armed with an assault weapon, ready to shoot.

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 07:57 AM SilverNGold Says:

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Chaveirim Says:

NYC is a very safe city??? I'm assuming that you didn't hear/read of the 25 shootings that happened this past Saturday and Sunday in 4/5 Boroughs...

I was being sarcastic.

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 08:43 AM SilverNGold Says:

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Oldtimer Says:

Sorry, a safe city has little to do with gun control, and everything to do with good policing. Chicago has strict gun control laws, but is far from safe. Watch what will happen when they ban "stop and frisk".

I agree that safe cities have little to do with gun control. That was the point of my post. Gun control does not contribute to the safety of cities.

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 01:35 PM benalt Says:

Reply to #1  
monalisa Says:

Gun control only stops responsible homeowners from protecting themselves. Criminals still get them. Liberals hate these stories. These people could have been killed.

Give this kid a medal, a ride in a police helicopter (not a car, the neighbors will think he's being arrested) & a scholarship. Brave boy!

That's right! Everyone know that if every kid was allowed to have a gun, there would be no more bullying.... or teachers.... or annoying siblings ....

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 Jun 05, 2013 at 11:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Oldtimer Says:

Sorry, a safe city has little to do with gun control, and everything to do with good policing. Chicago has strict gun control laws, but is far from safe. Watch what will happen when they ban "stop and frisk".

A safe city has little to do with policing and everything to do with the quality of the citizenry. Go to any small town in North America, Europe, Asia, or Australia, and regardless of the gun control laws or lack thereof, these places have almost no crime. Lots of policing only indicates that a neighborhood already has a prevalence of low quality residents and pre-existing criminal issues.

Fighting over more policing vs gun control laws is a dead end. What we need are better citizens.

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