A 13-year-old boy in Ladson, South Carolina was home alone doing online schooling Tuesday when he saw a gray car pull up behind his family home. Minutes later, heard someone trying to get in through the back door. He got his mother’s gun and headed to take a look.

Once there, he found two men and he fired a shot – and someone shot back.

Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, and Ira Bennett, 28, were then seen fleeing in a gray Chevy Sonic. It turns out that Lamar Brown (above, left) had been hit by the boy’s shot.

In a panic, his cohort dropped him off at the hospital and took off. He died from his injuries.

Ira was eventually tracked down and was charged with first-degree burglary, as well as possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

A Colt .45 pistol was found by officers in the backyard, and it didn’t belong to the boy’s mother.

The boy’s mother told authorities that she kept a gun in the house, but she’d never trained her son to use it. But she had told him to use it if he ever absolutely had to.

“I tell my kids that if anything ever happens to call 911, but I also tell them to protect themselves if they have to,” she said.

“I never would have dreamed that this would have been a part of our day today.”

She was at work at the time, when her son called her to tell her what had happened. She told him to call the police immediately.

She also wanted to make clear that there are usually family members around – they just weren’t this time.

A neighbor, Debbie Griffin, had also called police when she’d heard six shots ring out. Her son had been outside and witnessed it all.

Ira Bennett and Lamar Brown both have lengthy rap sheets.

Bennett, the survivor, has previous convictions for assault with intent to kill, pointing a firearm at a person, third-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.


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