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68-Year-Old Grandma Shoots Home Invasion Suspects

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By Mark Bellinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 68-year-old grandmother armed with a shot gun took aim at criminals in her neighborhood over the weekend, and she didn't miss. The woman shot two men trying to break into her home.

It happened in the early Saturday morning in South Nashville at a home on Glencliff Road. She said she had no regrets.

The woman keeps a shot gun next to her bed. It's been there for a long time.

She admitted she wasn't quite sure if she could ever pull the trigger and shoot someone, but she said she was scared and that's all it took.

We agreed not to mention her name, but she said she wasn't a violent person.

"Never in my whole life have I ever harmed anything or anybody, but I've never been put in that position," she said.

Life changed in just a few seconds just past 2 a.m. Saturday.

She showed us the French doors the men tried to break through. Police said they carried pistols, and a crowbar.

She was lying in bed at her South Nashville home on Glencliff Road, and was startled by someone trying to break in. She showed us her .410 gauge shot gun sitting next to her bed.

"This is my gun here. This is my choice," she said.

Knowing her wheelchair bound husband could not help she gathered her strength and courage and got ready to take on the intruders herself.

"I was standing right here. Just about right here. Maybe about right here. And they were beating that door. When the door opened and our burglar alarm went off I just fired instantly and I was lucky to hit both of them with a .410 shot gun," she explained.

Metro Police said ran from the house, jumped into a pickup truck and headed to the hospital.

Police arrested Flaco Camacho, 28-year-old Dorian Guzman, 32-year-old Oliver Rodriguez and 26-year-old Marlon Rameriz at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Camacho was shot in the face with bird shot. Part of his right index finger was also shot off.

Guzman was hit in the chest.

The woman said in the past people have laughed at the shot gun sitting next to her bed, but not anymore. She's received calls and emails cheering what she did.
She said, "One of them said ‘Go Granny Go.' I don't consider myself old, but apparently everyone else does."

Police said the suspects are charged with attempted aggravated robbery. At least one was armed, because police found a clip to his handgun in the woman's yard.

NewsChannel 5 asked her if she was glad the intruders were injured and not killed.

She said, "Yes, I guess I am. I would hate to know that there was a body laying there that I had to walk past the rest of my life. I'd see it the rest of my life. I know I would."

She said they got what they deserved for trying to break into someone's home.

The suspects will be in court on Thursday.

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