Chris Gaither—an 11-year-old boy from Talladega, Alabama—was home alone on Wednesday when he suddenly heard a strange noise. He went to look and saw a suspected home intruder. Chris says he was scared, but he grabbed a 9 mm handgun to protect himself. “When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, F-you and all that,” Gaither said.
The alleged intruder then made it to the front door with a hamper in his hand. And that’s when Chris started firing the weapon. He fired 11 shots until the 12th finally hit the “bad guy,” as WVTM reporter Kyle Burger calls him, in the leg with a “full metal jacket bullet.” “He started crying like a baby,” Chris says. Burger then puts in his two cents: “A baby that learned his lesson.”
Why did an 11-year-old boy have access to a fully loaded handgun? That question obviously never comes up.