A house sitter shot and injured two teens during a home invasion Thursday in Atlanta.
Buck Money was house sitting at his girlfriend’s home when he heard a noise upstairs. He went to investigate and when he found two 15-year-olds where they weren’t supposed to be, so Money opened fire, WTOC reports.
Both of the teens were hit, one in the leg and one in the arm, and they rushed out of the house and sped away.
“I heard movement upstairs, rambling and stuff,” Money said, recounting the moments leading up to the shooting. “They couldn’t say anything but, ‘Let me out.’ They couldn’t say anything but, ‘Help,’ as they were going down the steps.”
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said, “The homeowner said his back door was kicked in. He saw two people and he shot them.”
The injured teens scrambled down the stairs and met up with two other accomplices who were waiting outside in an SUV. The teens were driven to a local fire station where a nearby worker, Sidney Clark, noticed they were bleeding and gave them water while they waited for an ambulance.
“They were little kids, shot up real bad,” Clark said. “It was just a wake-up call for them. They need to go to school. That’s what they needed, is to go to school.”
The teens were later transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where they were listed in stable condition.
But the homeowner’s aunt, Reverend Krista Woods, said this isn’t the first time her niece’s house has been burglarized. She said there was a break-in last week and that since then, her niece hadn’t left the home unsupervised.
“You go to work to have things of your own and people just go in and invade your territory while you’re going out and trying to make good for your family,” Woods said.
Woods stood up for Money’s actions, saying, “They were trying to take him out, and he was trying to protect himself.”
Clark said that even though the teens had just committed a crime, he’d gladly help them out again if they were ever injured, but he does hope they change they their ways.
“Life’s too short,” Clark said. “It takes 20 seconds to get into trouble, and 20 years to get out.”
The two teens were arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit burglary and the two accomplices were taken into custody for questioning.