A Georgia mother's quick actions probably saved her life and the lives of her nine-year-old twins. On January 4, the Loganville woman was working in her home office and heard knocking at the door. Assuming that there was a salesperson at the door, the mom told her children not to answer the door.
When the doorbell began to ring repeatedly, the woman called her husband. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her husband told her to get the kids and hide as he called 911. Along with the twins, the unnamed mom brought a .38 revolver to the crawlspace that adjoins her office.
The intruder, Paul Ali Slater, broke into the house with a crowbar and worked his way through the house before opening the door where the mom and kids were hiding. At that point, the mom shot all six shots, hitting Slater five times in the face and neck.
Slater, who was conscious and crying, didn't realize that the gun's chamber had been emptied. He stayed on the ground after the mom told him that she would shoot him again if he moved, allowing the mom and her kids to escape to a neighbor's house.
A wounded Slater got out of the house and drove away before police arrived; however, he didn't get very far and was found bleeding by deputies in a neighbor's driveway. Slater has a lengthy record in Gwinnett County, where he currently lives.
Usually when you read about home invasions, it's in the context of the home owner being injured or killed. Despite the fear this mom must have felt, her actions saved her family from injury.
Could you have the presence of mind to not only hide from an intruder but to bring a gun with you? If you were hiding in a closet and the door opened with an intruder staring at you, could you pull the trigger and shoot not once, but six times?
Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said, "You go after a mother's kids and she'll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of."
How many moms could have faced a moment like this and survived? Her husband called her a hero and most of us would agree. Could you have done what this mom did to protect your kids?