Harold Williams, 42, of Lafayette, North Carolina, was charged with possession of a firearm after he shot two men who broke into his home on Friday evening.
Lee Hawk, 27, and Martize Douglas, 23, forced their way into Williams’ home and attempted to rob him. When the pair informed Williams that they were armed, Williams grabbed his handgun and fired. Both intruders were shot, according to WNCN.
Hawk was transported to the hospital by emergency officials. Douglas fled the scene but showed up at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center two hours later to be treated. Williams was not injured. Hawk is listed in critical condition and Douglas is listed in serious condition.
According to WNCN, Hawk and Douglas were both acting on GPS monitoring through North Carolina Probation and Parole when the attempted robbery took place. They will be transported to the Cumberland County jail upon release from the hospital, the Daily Mail reports.
The intruders are being charged with common law robbery, breaking and entering, and felonious conspiracy. Williams is being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Authorities believe that Williams was targeted and that the attempted robbery was not a random act.
Homer Wright, 80, was also arrested when he found himself in a similar situation. In 2012, Wright shot a 19-year-old intruder who broke into his Chicago home. Wright was charged with one felony count of unlawful gun use because he had two previous weapons convictions in 1968 and 1994, according to Fox News.
Wright’s arrest sparked outrage in his local community. Tow truck driver, Daryl Smith, told the Chicago Tribune, “If a man can’t defend himself from harm, what can he do.”
The 19-year-old robber, who had been arrested at least 13 times since 2009, was charged with felony burglary.