On Tuesday, December 16, two burglars attempted to break into the Mint Hill, N.C., home of George and Anna Marie Wyant, reports the Charlotte Observer. At home at the time were Anna and her grandson. Anna had just undergone hip replacement surgery, and her grandson was suffering from bronchitis. The rest of the family was out at a party. Then this happened:
The teen was headed to the kitchen to make his grandmother a bowl of rice when they heard a back window break around 5:15 p.m.
A few minutes later, Anna Marie Wyant told a 911 operator what had happened.
“The man was breaking into the window,” she told the operator. “He was halfway in the window. My grandson told him to stop and get out of here and he didn’t so my grandson shot him. … Somebody just broke in the house and we shot him.”
The Wyants’ grandson can also be heard talking in the background: “I said ‘Who is it?’ and he wouldn’t stop. And he broke my – he broke my grandma’s window so I shot three times.”
It takes a lot of guts to fatally shoot someone three times, but the young man did what was necessary to protect his grandma. And for that, he deserves much praise indeed!
But how is it that the child knew how to handle a gun so effectively? His father, Gregorio “Greg” Hernandez, was shot to death while at work at his shop, Greg’s Automotive, six years ago on April, 2008. This unfortunate loss inspired “the Wyants to teach all their grandchildren to handle a gun once they were old enough”:
“I took him to a shooting range,” George Wyant said. “All the boys, I wanted them to learn gun safety. That’s what all of us should have for protection. These are different ages, and you have to protect yourself.”
And you also have to protect your loved ones! Kudos at the Wyants, and kudos at their grandson as well!