An 11-year-old child shot and killed an individual breaking into a home in St. Louis Thursday afternoon.
Police said that the 11-year-old shot a single round from a handgun, killing a 16-year-old intruder who had entered the home in St. Louis County, the local Fox affiliate reported.
The 16-year-old was one of two suspects who attempted twice to break into the home Thursday while the 11-year-old and a 4-year-old girl were inside alone. The now-dead suspect entered the residence through the front door after 2 P.M., upon which the 11-year-old shot the suspect.
According to authorities, the second intruder fled the scene after shots were fired and has since been taken into custody.
Police are speaking to the mother of the children to determine why they were in the house and why the 11-year-old was able to get ahold of a handgun. The mother, authorities believe, kept the gun in the house because of prior experience with break-ins.
Neither the name of the deceased intruder nor the second suspect has been released.
The 11-year-old and 4-year-old were uninjured in the episode.