A St. Louis boy has become a hero after he defended himself and his 4-year-old sister by shooting and killing a 16-year-old intruder on Thursday.
The boy was reportedly left home alone to care for his sister. During this time, two burglars tried to illegally gain entry to the home twice. On the third attempt, a 16-year-old burglar entered through the front door, but didn’t make it very far. With one shot, the boy shot the intruder, Lamonte Streeter, in the head and the teen died in the foyer.
The second suspect, a 22-year-old, fled the scene, but was apprehended later.
Already, the “he said, she said” has begun with some neighbors claiming that the boy is not a hero, but a cold-blooded killer.
Donna Jackson said that she saw the boy shoot Streeter as they talked outside.
“It was not a break-in,” Jackson said. “He shot him in the head.”
Jazmyne Clark, 18, a neighbor of the boy, said the boy was on the front porch and asked the 16-year-old to approach him. Clark claims that when Streeter reached the front door, the boy shot him.
“He was never in the house,” Clark claimed. “He wasn’t breaking in at all. He was just trying to sell him his phone.”
Police Sgt. Brian Schellman reported that that is not what happened and that forensic evidence indicates that the shooting took place inside the home.
“Although we will not discuss specifics, physical evidence obtained at the scene indicates the deceased was shot while inside the residence.”
The mother of the boy and the 4-year-old is cooperating with the investigation as authorities question why the boy was left home alone with a loaded gun.
The simple and obvious answer would be: for times like these.
In the U.S., we have a tendency to infantilize children and adults. We are told that “children” up to the age of 26 can stay on mom and dad’s health insurance and that grown adults like Michael Brown are “children.”
Though the 11-year-old in question is a child, he is also capable of pulling a trigger. An 11-year-old is not a baby; he can be trained on gun safety and use a firearm appropriately.
Or perhaps the liberal, gun-hating crowd would have preferred the boy and his sister be at the mercy of two bigger intruders…