“[Mike] Lash and his wife, Whitney, and their two children had just come home from vacation on August 16 when there was a knock at their door. According to the account given by the Lashes to ABC News, Lash answered the door and saw two young men who told him they had just moved in down the street and experienced car trouble. The two men said they needed a jack, according to Lash.” Unarmed (home carry people), he opened the door . . .
Mike said he tried to block the door when he saw the gun. He was shot three times in the left leg as the two men – joined by two others – forced themselves inside the couple’s home and began taking items. The couple’s 2-year-old son, Everson, was taking a nap upstairs.
“It just went like a silent movie. They started walking in and I remember them coming in and out multiple times, just bringing stuff from our house,” Mike said.
One of the intruders had also chased Whitney.
“I heard footsteps of someone running and two more shots that were aimed at me and my daughter,” she said, adding that the intruder caught up to her and took her phone.
Police are still searching for Smith’s three alleged accomplices. Police are urging them to turn themselves in.
Mike is recovering from his wounds, and he and Whitney are grateful.
I’m not blaming the victim here. There’s no guarantee that Mr. Lash would have been able to stop the home invasion with a pistol. But two things are true: he shouldn’t have opened the door to strangers (talk to them through the door) and a gun would have given him a chance to defend himself and his family.
Oh, one more thing: states the limit legal gun owners to ten-round magazines (not Georgia) are culpable if an armed self-defender loses his life due to insufficient ammo. IMHO.