11-year-old boy shoots home intruder in Alabama

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An 11-year-old boy defended his home against a burglar by shooting the man with a handgun. (WPVI)

An 11-year-old boy shot a man who broke into his home on Wednesday.

Chris Gaither says he was home alone in Talladega, Alabama when he heard the intruder come inside.

He says the suspect stole a clothing hamper and ran towards the front door.

That's when Chris grabbed his parents nine-millimeter handgun and met the man downstairs.

Chris says the burglar threatened him before walking outside with a clothes hamper in hand.

"I shot through the hamper he was carrying. It was a full metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby," said Chris.

Police expect to file charges against the burglar once he is treated at the hospital.
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