A Texas dad shot two teenage attempted robbers in self-defense on Monday after the pair tried entering his car with two infants inside.
According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, units responded to a shooting at the 6800 block of Feather Creek Drive just after midnight on Monday.
Gonzalez said an adult male, his wife and two infants had just arrived home when two males, both aged 16, walked up to their SUV and opened the back door where their 1-year-old child was seated.
“The adult male feared for the safety of his family and fired shots and struck both suspects,” Gonzalez tweeted. “The wife was driving and drove away after the shooting to get away from the suspects. A car pulled up after the shooting driven by an [unknown] male believed to be with the [suspects].”
Gonzalez said both suspects were wounded in the shooting and were transported to hospitals by private vehicles.
“Both are said to be stable & in fair condition,” Gonzalez added. “Investigation is on-going. #HouNews 3/3.”
According to ABC 13, a neighbor’s security camera captured the incident. The footage showed one teen suspect fled the scene on foot after the shooting while the other remained on the ground. Both were eventually taken to the hospital.
“One of the parents inside the vehicle, as the suspects were attempting to enter, one of the parents fired off several rounds and shot both of the male suspects,” Sgt. J. Wheeler said. “They were transported to area hospitals.”
It isn’t the only recent instance of a Texas gun owner exercising their Second Amendment right to protect their family. In April, a Texas woman fatally shot an armed intruder at her home with her three children inside.
That shooting took place in San Antonio’s Southeast Side around 10 p.m. on April 28 in the Kashmuir Place and Kellis Avenue neighborhood, News 4 San Antonio reported. Police believe the suspected home invader entered the home through a backdoor laundry room and was trying to break into the main door leading into the home when the female homeowner shot him twice in the chest.
The unidentified suspect was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries.
There were three children in the home at the time of the Thursday shooting incident but neither they nor the armed homeowner was injured.
The armed homeowner is not facing any charges at this time. “Castle Doctrine” in her jurisdiction generally allows a person to use force against someone who is unlawfully and forcefully entering their home, vehicle or place of work.