If there was ever a time to reenact the famous scene from Home Alone 2 and yell “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!”, this would be it.
Details are still forthcoming, but several news outlets in Fort Wayne, Indiana, are reporting an incident in which a homeowner shot through his front door at burglars pretending to be Christmas carolers.
Homeowners told police that a single man came to their front door last Thursday singing Christmas carols, according to WANE. He knocked, but the female homeowner didn’t open the door because she “thought it was strange.”
The man walked back down to the street, where he met another person who had just pulled up in a car. The two strangers came back to the door, tried to turn the doorknob, and proceeded to kick the door.
The male homeowner had by this time retrieved a firearm, and he began shooting when the men began kicking.
He told police that he didn’t know whether he hit either of the would-be intruders, but at least one was seen fleeing on foot towards another subdivision, a neighbor told a local NBC affiliate. The other may have driven off in a teal-colored car.
Police haven’t made any arrests in the case and are still looking for both the intruders. Local radio station WIBC reported that police found a man at a local hospital shortly after the incident who had sustained a gunshot wound, but that report has not been corroborated.
There is no indication of whether police are considering charges against the homeowner. Best practice (not to mention one of the four basic gun safety rules) advises against firing a weapon blindly through a door, but reports haven’t described the state of the door when the homeowner opened fire.
Neighbors were understandably shaken after the incident.
“Kinda scary considering there was a gunshot about 200 yards, if that, from where I’m standing,” Lance Turner told NBC. “I didn’t think that something like that would happen in this neighborhood. I mean, seriously, we’ve only lived here about a year, never really felt any problems with the neighborhood. It was always welcoming, neighbors were fine.”
Turner recently installed a video doorbell, which he had ordered prior to the shooting.
“If something like that were to happen at my house, I’d probably would be not sleeping too well at night,” Turner says.