Ladson, South Carolina – population 14,051 – sits just west of the Atlantic Ocean some twenty miles northwest of Charleston. Tourism is important to this sleepy southern town. Six time gun toting convicted felons are not welcome here. Like the late Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, who, before attempting his final criminal act in Ladson, had received six felony drug charges and had been convicted of “unlawful carrying of a weapon, disorderly conduct and trespassing,” as reported by The Post and Courier. Brown’s partner in crime, Ira Bennett, also had an extensive criminal record, including “assault with an intent to kill.” Bennett drove the get away car. It was his “strange Grey Chevy Sonic” that snaked into the driveway of a non descript Ladson, South Carolina home. (Later that day, Bennett would rush his dying partner Brown (with three bullet wounds) to the local hospital, and tell officials that a drive by shooter was responsible for all of it, including those fresh bullet holes in the Chevy.) Failure hadn’t even been entertained as an idea in the minds of these felons. They figured this Ladson house would be an easy hit. Empty. Nobody home. No neighbors either. It was in the middle of the day – 1:30 P.M.
The homeowner was a single working mom. Unbeknownst to those men, a quick thinking thirteen year old son also resided there. He’d been upstairs studying his homework when he heard an unfamiliar car. Peering out, he watched a grey Chevy Sonic pull in the driveway. Moments later, these two hardened criminals began to break down the back door. This brave young man went into action. (His name has not been released.) Although his mother has stated that she has never taught him how to shoot, her thirteen year-old son knew where her handgun was and knew how to use it. He retrieved the firearm and shot at the door. As Red Flag News puts it, the boy “began to shoot . . .[and] they returned fire.”
There aren’t a lot of details about where the young man was positioned or how far the two criminals came in the house. Red Flag News indicates that after the home invaders returned fire, they fled. And that brave boy even chased them outside and kept on shooting. The man with six felonies would die from bullet wounds later at a local hospital. When the event was over, this young man called his mom at work. She told him to call the police. And so he did. What an astonishing and heroic event.
According to TruthUncensored.net, the police report notes that, “at the time he feared for his safety,” that’s when he hustled to get his mother’s firearm. Amazingly, the young man was unharmed. He chased those men away, protecting his mother’s house and his own life in self defense. Imagine what could have happened if his mother and he had not been given that option.