Intruder Shot By Homeowner Was Carrying Toy Gun: Gothamist
After being woken by loud noises in his Mill Basin, Brooklyn home around 2 a.m. yesterday morning, 62-year-old Larry Goldstein took his .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver to investigate what was happening. He discovered two intruders in his kitchen, and since they appeared to be armed, Goldstein fired, hitting one of the men three times while the other fled. And it turned out the intruders were carrying a toy pistol and toy machine gun.
I love this part.
A police official told the Wall Street Journal the toys "were very realistic looking... If someone pointed them at you, you would light them up too."
Of course his Momma comes to his defense!
Alexander Maginat, 30, was hit twice in the chest and once in the arm. Maginat, who is at Brookdale Hospital, had eight prior arrests and was charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of burglar's tools. However his mother, a former auxiliary cop, told the Daily News that her son couldn't possibly be a burglar, "My son knows better than that."
Looks like some people are learning!
Goldstein's neighbors were relieved: One told the Post, "As a person who's been an opponent of gun ownership, I'm glad he had one now."
Looks like the Boy survived being shot by a 38 at close range.
Time to visit the Gun Store!