Military Mother Wounded After Reportedly Fending Off Home Invaders

| by Daniel Rivera
Samantha Bunce.Samantha Bunce.

Authorities in Charlotte, North Carolina, have charged a man in the home invasion and shooting of a combat medic with the National Guard while she nursed her son.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department charged Reco Latur Dawkins, 23, with felony breaking and entering, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering in the home invasion and shooting of Samantha Bunce, according to WSOC-TV.

Bunce, 21, was home breast-feeding her 4-month-old son in her bedroom when intruders reportedly forced their way into the residence on Nov. 3.

Her husband, Paul Bunce, said she fired at the men when they shot at her in the stairwell area. She suffered two gunshot wounds from the incident.

“I think it was a shock to the intruders just as much as it was to her,” he said.

Bunce remains at Carolinas Medical Center, and is expected to make a full recovery.

“She's doing fantastic. She's a warrior. She's still beat up but she'll make it out,” a neighbor of hers said.

Dawkins has two convictions for breaking and entering from 2009 and 2011.

Law enforcement officials are still searching for a second person involved in the incident who has not been identified yet.

According to the FBI, a home invasion robbery is committed every 16.4 seconds.

Sources: WSOC-TV, FBI / Photo credit: WSOC-TV