www.live5news.comBy Anthony Miller - Live 5 News
GREEN POND, SC (WCSC) - "I wasn't trying to really kill anybody but I was trying to hit him"
That's what Willie Gadsden had to say about the attempted robbery at his Colleton County home Monday morning.
Police say a suspected thief tried to climb into his house through this back window.
Thanks to Gadsden, he didn't get very far.
"I heard the window went up - that's when I went and got my gun," said Gadsden.
"I had the gun on him, asked him if he was looking for something, and I popped him." said Gadsden.
After he shot, Gadsden said he ran to his front door only to see two people running in the woods.
Deputies say the suspected thief was shot and treated at the Colleton Medical Center and will be ok.
The Colleton County sheriff's office arrested three suspects in connection to the crime.
20-year-old Larry Speaks was charged with second degree burglary.
Two other juvenile suspects, one 15 the other 16, were also arrested and charged.
Gadsden says he was on guard because of other robberies in his tight knit community.
"I don't know if it's the same little group of people but it's been going on around this area for a good while," said Gadsden.
And while the father of four doesn't apologize for what he did.
"What was going through my head? It's either me or them," said Gadsden.
He hopes that 15-year-old who was shot reflects on this incident and takes a new lease on life.
"These young guys need to stop this while they have a chance, only God saved this guy yesterday. This is a wake-up call for him," said Gadsden.
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Good the the home owner. The little scumbag is lucky to be alive. Maybe this will wake him up but, I doubt it.