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5-year-old boy caught on video taking on gunman during home invasion


'This video is extremely disturbing'

Image source: ABC News video screenshot

A stunning video captures the moment a 5-year-old boy can be seen taking on a gunman during a home invasion, according to ABC News.

What are the details?

The incident took place on Sept. 30 in South Bend, Indiana, after four men broke into a family's home.

In the video, the four unidentified men — all wearing hooded shirts — can be seen bursting into the home. Three of the four men appear to be armed.

"About four males knocked on the door, a juvenile who was inside opened that door, and those males forced themselves inside the home," South Bend Police media liaison Christine Karsten told WNDU-TV.

Two of the suspects can be seen entering the family's living room, where a woman is ironing alongside two children.

As the family scrambles around, the unnamed 5-year-old boy can be seen attempting to throw an object at one of the gunmen. The gunman appears to knock the item out of the boy's hand, but the boy remains unafraid and launches himself at the suspect, grabbing his forearm in an attempt to get him to stop.

WSBT-TV identified the woman in the video as Tamika Reid.

Reid told the station that her 5-year-old son, David, is a hero.

"I'm just, my whole thing was my hero right here," Reid said. "[David] was trying to hit the guys. My thing was I need to get him out of the house before they do something to my son."

David told the station that he was just trying to keep the men from hurting his mother.

"I hit him and I tried to throw my car at him," the little boy said.

'It is our job now to defend him'

The South Bend Police Department said that it is still seeking suspects involved in the home invasion.

"This video is extremely disturbing," the department said in a statement on the incident. "You can see a little boy hitting one of the armed suspects as he tries to defend his home. It is our job now to defend him."

The department revealed a suspect fired shots at the scene, but no one was injured.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call (574) 288-STOP or (800) 342-STOP.

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