A resident in Georgia killed three disguised teenagers after their attempted robbery. The deceased – a 15 year old and two 16 year old criminals – lived around the area, although they weren’t from the particular neighbourhood where they attempted the robbery, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.
The masked teenagers intruded on the property from the front yard, where they encountered three residents early yesterday morning. In their efforts to rob them, one of the teens pulled out a firearm and began shooting at the residents, at which point one of the residents returned fire.
“The victims of the attempted robbery were all uninjured, but the three attempted robbery suspects were all shot during the exchange of gunfire and succumbed to their injuries, one on scene and two at a local hospital after being transported,” said the sheriff’s department.
Neighbour Brian Jenkins said that he heard somebody shouting for help.
“I heard a guy yelling for help. ‘Help me help me, I’m dying, I’m dying, help me, help me,” said Jenkins.
Another neighbour explained that they investigated the situation in an effort to help after they heard what they thought was five shots from a handgun.
“Then I heard somebody have an assault rifle,” said Carlos Watson. “And it was a slew of shots that came out.”
Georgia is one of several states that have self-defense laws that incorporate a stand your ground approach, according to the National Conference of State Legislature. These laws permit people to react to dangerous situations without being prosecuted as a criminal for their actions.
Georgia Code says, “a person is justified in using force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”