A 70-year-old grandmother took matters into her own hands Saturday, shooting an intruder who attempted to break into her Philadelphia home – and now the man is in the hospital.
Maxine Thompson awoke on May 5 around 4:30 a.m. to someone banging on her door and shattering glass, attempting to enter her home, she explained.
When she peeked out her window, she saw the 45-year-old man using her patio furniture to elevate himself to enter another window.
That’s when Thompson acted quickly, grabbing her handgun and firing shots at the intruder.
“First, I thought I was dreaming, and then, I looked out the window, outside. I was still hearing the banging, banging, banging, so I yelled to whoever, ‘Who’s that on my door? Get off my door; get off my door,'” Thompson told Philadelphia’s Fox 29.
Thompson’s security alarm was blaring, but the man didn’t retreat. So she shot him with her late-mother’s handgun.
“I shot at him. He turned around and he ran; and when he ran, I ran down the steps behind him and shot at him some more,” she calmly explained. “‘Kill him before he kills me.’ That’s what was going through my mind.”
The intruder fled the scene and climbed to the top of a car wash in the neighborhood. Then he called police and reported that he’d been shot, according to investigators. The man was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.
“After everything was over, then I did get a little shaky,” Thompson told Fox 29. “He could’ve killed me.”
Her family helped her clean up the mess the man left at her home. Thompson is reportedly unharmed.
“I hope I taught him and the rest of them a lesson,” she said. “Stay the hell out of people’s houses.”