“First I thought I was dreaming, and then I looked out the window, outside. I was still hearing the banging, banging, banging, so I yelled to whoever, ‘Who’s that on my door? Get off my door, get off my door.’” That happened at about 4:30a Saturday morning, but Philadelphian Maxine Thompson was very much awake.
Despite her warnings, the alleged burglar didn’t stop and continued to smash her dining room window and enter the house. Thompson, going into survival mode, grabbed her late mother’s handgun and shot at the suspect. She told Fox 29 it was her first time using the gun.
“I shot at him. He turned around and he ran and when he ran, I ran down the steps behind him and shot at him some more,” Thompson recalled. “Kill him before he kills me. That’s what was going through my mind.”
We don’t know which shot got him, but got him, she did.
The alleged burglar was struck while Thompson fired at him several times. He ran to a nearby car wash and called police to report he’d been shot, Fox 29 reported. He was arrested, taken to the hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to his upper arm.
Just another one of the 2.5 million CDC-confirmed defensive gun uses that happen every year in the US.
Oh, and Ms. Thompson has a simple message for Philadelphia’s criminal community: “Stay the hell out of people’s houses.”