Homeowner Who Shot Alleged Intruder: I’ll ‘Use Bigger Gun Next Time’
'He headed to the basement, and I pumped two into him there'
A homeowner in Akron, Ohio, said he would use a "bigger gun next time" after he shot and wounded an alleged intruder Tuesday morning just before 7:30 a.m.
News 5 Cleveland reports that 74-year-old James Lowgher was asleep when he heard a 16-year-old allegedly breaking in through his front door.
“He didn’t belong here, and I knew damn well after he came through the door like that, I can shoot him.”
“He headed to the basement, and I pumped two into him there.
“He went down the steps that way and I got him a third time I hope.”
WKYC notes that Lowgher shot the 16-year-old “multiple times” and the teen was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
“According to the 74-year-old homeowner, the teen forced entry into his home.”
“At some point during the ordeal, the homeowner confronted the teen and discharged his firearm, striking him multiple times,” the police said.
“The homeowner was uninjured during the incident.”
Lowgher says he will be ready if there is another break-in:
“Nobody else better break in it'll be a bigger gun this time.”
Paramedics took the 16-year-old with the gunshot wounds to Akron Children’s Hospital in stable condition.
“Those shots were good,” Lurch said.
Police are still investigating the incident and will release any information on criminal charges at a later time.
Asked about the possibility of facing charges, Lurch said he can’t imagine why he would.
“I better not, I am in my own home, and he breaks into it,” he said.