Crime scene (courtesy charlotteobserver.com)

There is a natural tendency towards supporting gun control after a relative is shot and killed. I saw it first-hand as a boy, when the widow of murdered Dr. Charles Potter (our family physician) founded Handgun Control Inc. I’ve seen it time and time again as a gun blogger, from media-friendly families affected by killings in Newtown, Isla Vista and dozens of other locations. But it’s not safe to say that gun blaming is the inevitable result of “gun violence.” In many cases, relatives realize the truth: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. That’s certainly true for a 14-year-old boy from North Carolina . . .

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the alleged attempted home invasion and burglary that ended Tuesday with the fatal shooting of a suspect.

Police said Wednesday morning that Carlos Delcid was taken into custody late Tuesday night. He has been charged with first-degree burglary, police said.

Investigators also said Isai Robert Delcid, 18, was the man shot and killed during the incident. It is not clear if the two are related.

Police said Isai Delcid was killed by a 14-year-old male who lived at the residence, in the 8600 block of Rolling Fields Road.

The charlotteobserver.com report doesn’t provide many details of the homicide, save the fact that the perps entered through the house’s back door and the boy’s grandmother was in residence at the time. But it does reveal that the teenager is the son of a mechanic murdered when his son was eight.

A grandfather of the 14-year-old shooter said the teen’s father was shot and killed six years ago during a robbery on East Independence Boulevard in Charlotte.

George Wyant, who owns the home where the alleged attempted burglary and shooting took place, told WBTV, the Observer’s media partner, that the teen’s father, Greg Hernandez, was killed in 2008 at Greg’s Automotive, the auto repair business he operated.

“He had the hood open in his car,” Wyant told WBTV. “He was a mechanic. It was his garage. Somebody came in and shot him.”

Lesson learned, eh? Well, for the teen, if not the antis. He wasn’t caught unawares. Or unarmed. Result.

42 Responses to Defensive Gun Use of the Day: 14-Year-Old Son of Murdered Father Shoots and Kills Home Invader Edition

  1. Sad to hear this kid keeps going through such terrible experiences…but glad that he came out on top of this one and there’s one less scumbag walking the streets.

        • This is a state matter and Federal laws have no bearing, but yes, NC does have a felony murder statute. A bunch of NC bleeding hearts want to change the rule, but it is still applicable AFAIK.

        • What Ralph said.
          I would add that most states, even liberal bastions CA and MA have felony murder states where if anyone dies during the commission of a felony, the perp can be charged with murder. In some cases first degree murder.
          This applies even if the death is a result of police shooting an accomplice. Theory being that had they not committed the felony, the death would not have occurred.
          One more sledge hammer to use in getting a plea deal.

        • Perhaps you should read the post again, and if you need further clarification, the source article.

  2. It’s sad that his family has suffered two attacks in just six years, but I’m glad to hear that this one had a good outcome (for the victims that is). It sounds like the kid has been through a lot, and it’s also good to see someone that young willing to risk his own life to protect his grandmother.

    • It brings back an idea I once had: the Boy Scouts of America should have a defensive shooting merit badge — after all, it’s a superb example of “Be prepared!”

      • That is a great idea with a great organization! I was in the Boy Scouts growing up, and we had Shotgun, Rifle, and Black Powder shooting merit badges (as well as archery). No reason not to have a defensive badge as well!

      • Scouts seem to be changing the other way…pushing real hard for STEM oriented merit.

        Talk in Cubs within the last year or so was that they were trying to do away with belt loops for the existing activities and were leaning toward pushing STEM achievements there as well.

        My vocalization on this topic when I first heard of it was that Scouting should not be job training; it’s something else. Oh well.

        • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math — what everyone is pushing for kids these days. They’re great fields, but some people just aren’t left-brained.

          I’m all for robotics and marine science badges, but in our scout troop, plenty of boys still earn their rifle, shotgun, archery, orienteering, and wilderness survival badges. Tomahawk throwing and black powder shooting are still big attractions. Don’t write the Boy Scouts off yet.

        • “Don’t write the Boy Scouts off yet.”

          Oh, definitely not….not in the Pack/Troop we are lucky to be in (which is very “traditional scouting” oriented).

          That was my objection – not that I’m anybody in the organization…just a parent of a scout – that they would replace “old” with “new.” Adding new opportunities is very cool; taking the old ones out is not (imo).

      • That is a good idea — Boys Life has a feature called “Scouts In Action” that highlights Scouts who save people using skills they learned. I wonder if they would publish a story of a Scout who used a gun against a charging human or animal.

  3. The people who were in the home at the time is probably why they decided to break in. An elderly couple and a 14 year old kid wouldn’t put up much of a fight. In theory. Good job, kid. Shame someone had to die, but the deceased made their choice and paid the price. No telling what the two had planned to do if they hadn’t run into a hail of bullets.

    • Agree 100%. If they meant to break in while people were at home (as opposed to hitting a house while the owners are away), it says especially grim things about the intentions of the intruders, in general. You have to assume they are there for more than theft.

      • Or they’re crappy at being crooks. That’s not all that uncommon since they’re probably crappy at everything. Maybe it was malice but incompetence (or complacence) is always possible.

  4. There’s a blindness that afflicts the antis. Every time I recount how four gals I’ve known were attacked by rapists, and the only one who didn’t get raped was the one who was armed, their conclusion is “No one should have guns!” They don’t even bother to ask if any of the four assailants were armed. And when I relate that all four call their position “pro-rape”, they retort that that’s slander, even though by the evidence from this small data set it is totally justified.

    So reading about this would just get the exact same “No one should have guns!” response.

    • The antis don’t believe that rape is a crime that deserves the expedient death penalty. They actually published posters about this.

        • I’ve run across that, too, though my google-fu didn’t turn it up quickly.

          I freaking hate this argument, the attempt to equate self defense with vigilante justice. I’ve seen it used in more contexts than this, and it stinks every time.

        • I don’t know how to link it. Google brady campaign rape poster or moms demand action rape tweet. Then look under images.
          They are pretty much the same “rape last minutes, death is forever, you don’t need a gun”MDA

        • This was not a legitimate tweet. It was started by a troll Twitter account “momsdeman,” not “momsdemand.” As much as I would love to bury Shannon with more criticism for her fantasy-land garbage, I also don’t want to spread myth since it makes us look just as bad (and is unfair to her). This one needs to be stopped since it was a troll account that came up with this line.

      • I believe a rapist deserves to be shot dead while in the commission of a rape but I don’t believe that rape should be a death penalty offense after the fact. If rape was a death penalty crime I would be concerned that would tend to cause the rapist to kill their victims in an attempt to further hide evidence.

        Now of coarse if the family of the victim decides to kill the convicted rapist I sure as heck wouldn’t convict them in a trial.

        • “Now of coarse if the family of the victim decides to kill the convicted rapist I sure as heck wouldn’t convict them in a trial.”

          One might think that’s what the term “honor killing” refers to, but I understand it is used differently.

        • An honor killing implies that the woman or family lost honor. I prefer the term vengeance in this case.

  5. that poor young man. When will his life not be over run with tragedies? I am glad he is alive but you have to know this brings up alot of emotions from his fathers death. Anytime i think of a child losing a parent, i literally have to fight back tears. Of course all anyone thinks about on here is themself and how this relates to their agenda.

    • Well Preston. You say it as if talking about the defensive use of a gun on a web site dedicated to such is a bad thing.

      The fact that the person with a DGU is a 14 year old boy is a sad thing, but if I was a 14 y/o boy and had a choice between successfully defending my grandmother and myself from a potentially horrendous death being raped, tortured and then set on fire; or having a successful defensive use of the “horrible” gun;even if that meant killing a human predator, I would prefer the latter.

      Even if it meant I had to go to some counseling afterward.

    • While I agree that this will bring up memories of his father’s death, my hope is that the son will feel empowered by being able to handle a similar threat, and maybe feel that, through his own efforts, he somewhat “restored the balance” by preventing another evil act.

      The fact that he is in a family that responded to his father’s murder by teaching the kids self-defense speaks volumes. A family that responds to violence by trying to empower their kids, in this case by giving them access to guns and good training, is a family that knows how to survive and, usually, knows how to thrive as well. It sounds like he shouted a warning first and didn’t shoot until the bad guys were actually in the act of entering the home (or at least actively breaking in), indicating that he wasn’t shooting in a panic, or in rage, but made a rational choice to deal with a serious threat (or acted on a decision made in a calmer time). I’m sure he’s shook up, and he may need some time to cope with the emotional aftermath, but IMHO the odds look to be in favor of him ultimately coming through this stronger and balanced.

  6. Response to article and fear campaigns: Somehow, someway we must enlighten the American public how irresponsible and pervasive the anti-firearm groups are. The brainwashing is sad to witness as intelligent people are drawn-in by raw emotion then mislead. The damage to our Nation through widespread paranoia and hysteria generated damages and endangers every citizen more than any criminal. The anti-firearm people are the true criminals and must be stopped.

  7. Preston; how exactly do you function, day in and dayout, with the flood of tears that must immediately and uncontrollably flow from your eyes from morning to night, for every waking moment of your life? Or are you just another liberal troll who objects to us arming all the victims of your social justice movement?

  8. I wonder if these two crooks had rap sheets already and if they’d been given slaps on the wrists and let go to force the problem on this young man instead of the court system.

  9. Good job, son. Now, don’t let the leftards f**k with you, they side with the criminal and will try to make your life hell.

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