A Georgia woman and her family are safe thanks to her quick thinking and her 12-gauge shotgun during an attack on her home on Monday.
Shannon Linton told reporters that two men broke into her home and attacked her while her husband was at work and her 15-year-old daughter was sleeping in her room. When she went to check a noise at the door, one of the intruders punched her in the face.
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"Got up thinking it was morning time, and it was my husband, got up to go greet him…and got punched in the face and pushed back into my bedroom," Linton told WTOC. "I think when he punched me, he thought he'd knocked me out. Because he kept coming toward, down the hallway. And that's when I went right back into the bedroom and grabbed the gun."
As soon as the robbers, who had already snatched two laptops from the home, saw Linton's 12-gauge shotgun they ran from the home.
"The only thing I can remember is the guy at the door hollering ‘oh…' and running," she told the news station. "And I just fired, like I said, all I could think was it was him or me. And I had to protect my daughter."
Though the men are still at large, Linton said she hopes her actions will teach a lesson to criminals in the area. "I hope it sends a message to everybody out there that thinks they're gonna come around here that I'm not gonna tolerate it," she told WJCL. "I'll use it again."
"This is our neighborhood, and we'll do whatever it takes, we're going to take this street back," she said to WTOC. "If it means us sitting outside every night, we'll do it."
Though she was left with a black eye from the encounter, Linton said the event taught her she can defend herself and her family without help from anybody else.
"I did learn that at least now I know that I can protect us," she said. "I don't have to rely on my husband, if, when he is at work, I know I can do it."
"I don't have to be afraid of that anymore."