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Reports: 12-year-old shoots and kills masked intruder who shot his grandma

The grandmother is expected to survive, and the child isn't expected to face charges.
Credit: The Associated Press

GOLDSBORO, N.C. — A 12-year-old boy shot and killed a masked intruder in self-defense, police say.

Television station WTVD reports two robbers barged into a Goldsboro apartment early Saturday morning and shot the child's 73-year-old grandmother.

At some point, investigators say the child grabbed a gun and fired, causing the burglars to take off running.

One of the suspected intruders, a 19-year-old, was found nearby with a gunshot wound and later died at the hospital, USA TODAY reports. 

CBS affiliate WNCN says the second intruder hasn't been found.

The grandmother was taken to the hospital, where she is stable and expected to recover. The 12-year-old was not hurt and is not expected to face charges.

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A 12-year-old shot and killed an intruder who broke into a North Carolina home while the child was inside, police tell local media outlets.

Sometime during the home invasion, the 12-year-old grabbed a gun and fired at the burglars, who then took off running. One of them was hit by the bullet and later taken to a hospital, where he died.

The second intruder hasn't been found.

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