FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) –
A woman is recovering from gunshot wounds after burglars broke into her Fairburn-area home and found her hiding in a closet.
According to the police report, Melissa Burke told police she heard the suspects break into her Estonian Drive home just before midnight Thursday. The thieves first rang the doorbell and when no one answered, police said they went in through the back door. Burke called 911 and hid inside a closet. They found her there and shot her multiple times.
Burke’s uncle can’t comprehend how and why someone would hurt her.
“She was a sweet, loving, caring person who would do anything for anyone anytime, that’s her,” Otis Burden said.
Woman, unarmed, hides and is shot by intruders. It’s a tragedy because some people can’t comprehend that there’s evil in the world.
Neighbors said there’s been a lot of doorbell ringing in the neighborhood recently. They had just chalked it up to kids until now.
“It’s not just someone just playing just to be playing. They’re looking to see if someone’s home so they can come in and take whatever we have,” Robinson said.
Less than 24 hours before, a man who lives in a subdivision about five miles away also was injured during a violent home invasion. He was grazed by a bullet and declined medical treatment. Detectives are looking into whether the cases are related.
A home invasion in Georgia last week ended with the hapless intruder getting shot five times in the face by a frightened mother holed up in the closet with her 9-year-old twins.
The harrowing incident began Friday afternoon when an unexpected visitor began knocking at the door of a residence in Loganville, Ga., about 30 miles east of AtlantaThe woman who lived in the house didn’t answer, and when the man began furiously pressing the doorbell, she called her husband, who called 911. The woman, whose name authorities are withholding, then got a .38-caliber revolver she kept in the house and gathered her young twins and hid with them in a closet inside the house, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.Seconds later, the man at the door, later identified by police as Paul Ali Slater, broke into the house with a crowbar and began ransacking the house.
Slater soon came upon the upstairs closet where the three were hiding and opened the doors, only to immediately be shot five times in the face and neck by the woman.
The TV report notes that the invader was from Long Island, NY, a gun-free zone.
From other reports I’ve read, she fired all 6 rounds, but only connected with 5, and even so, 5 shots to the face and neck was not enough to immobilize and fully stop the invader. That’s why a modern semi-auto with a 15 round mag is good, or a modern rifle with a 30 round mag is better.
The wounded intruder stumbled out of the house, attempting to flee in his car, but crashed into a nearby wooded area and collapsed in a neighbor’s driveway as he attempted to exit the car.The woman, meanwhile, fled to a neighbor’s home with her children. The three escaped unharmed.
The New York-based news story then goes on to cite some study that says you’re eleventy billion times more likely to shoot yourself in the head if you own a gun and you should turn them all in… because (as noted in the comments of the story) gang members who get into gang fights throw off statistics. And they have a huge “sign our ban on guns” part thrown into the story, too… because, y’know, journalism means screaming “DESTROY THE BILL OF RIGHTS! CREATE THE POLICE STATE! CITIZENS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE STATE!” Or maybe it’s just this sweet pair of sunglasses I got…
It is interesting to read a paper taking advocacy against the teeth to the Bill of Rights. Ultimately, as I’ve said time and time before, the Second Amendment is about the right of the citizen to enjoy natural rights – that of self defense against oppression – especially by government. The Founders stated as much, many times. To them, the AR-15 wouldn’t be a negative. A federal government that controls the states and that abrogates civil rights on a whim, while calling out with tyrants’ pleas of necessity would be a horror.