Police in Oklahoma say a 12-year-old Oklahoma girl used the family gun to shoot an intruder during a burglary.
Bryan County sixth grader Kendra St. Clair told ABC News she was home alone when there was a loud banging on the door, followed by glass shattering and the intruder entering the house.
Terrified, Kendra called her mom, who told her to get the gun and hide in the closet.
“I said you go get the gun and you get in my closet right now and you call 911,” Debra St. Klair told KFOR-TV.
Kendra was in the closet, on the phone with the 911 dispatcher and gripping the .40 caliber Glock when she saw the closet doorknob start to turn.
“I was sitting there in the closet really scared, not knowing what was gonna happen,” Kendra told KFOR. “When he turned the door handle I shot toward him with my mom’s gun and it hit him right here in the arm.”
It was the first time Kendra had ever fired a gun. Police said the bullet traveled through the closet door and struck 32-year-old Stacy Jones in the shoulder, prompting him to flee from the house.
“I was shaking and I didn’t know what to do, I was kinda hesitant about the whole thing the whole time,” Kendra said. “I was scared and sad and I was crying. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”
Police arrested Jones a few blocks away. He was flown to a hospital in Plano, Texas for treatment. He survived and has been charged with first-degree burglary.
Bryan County under sheriff Ken Golden praised Kendra for her actions.
“She did everything she was supposed to do and as a last resort, she did what she had to do to protect herself,” Golden told KFOR.