A North Carolina man died on Saturday after he broke into the home of a 73-year-old woman and was fatally shot by her 12-year-old grandson who was trying to defend her.
Two masked robbers entered the home of Linda Ellis in Goldsboro at around 1am on Saturday, where they demanded money and shot the grandmother in the leg.
Ellis' grandson fired back at the two intruders in self-defense and they fled.
Khalil Herring, 19, was later found at an intersection a half block from the apartment.
He was taken to Wayne UNC Health Care where he later died of his injuries.
Police say they found evidence that Herring was one of the two masked men in the apartment.
'Preliminary evidence suggest Khalil Herring was one of the two masked intruders and was shot during the robbery,' officials said in a statement.
'A 12-year-old juvenile occupant of the residence shot at the suspects with a firearm in self-defense, causing them to flee the area'.
Ellis was also taken to the hospital where her family say she is in a good condition and expected to be released on Monday.
'They came in the house, I open the door, I open it, and they came in there,' Randolph Bunn, who is Ellis' son and the boy's grand-uncle, told ABC 11.
'One guy had a gun. They just put me down on the ground... [Ellis] was in the kitchen, I don't know why they shot her.
'[The intruder] just shot his grandma... He would have shot him too, he would've shot me too, he would've killed us all,' Bunn added of the 12-year-old boy's actions.