Just a few months after his brother was shot while walking their dog, former U.S. Marine Luigi Giovanni saw movement in security cameras outside their St. Louis Home.
Giovanni told local media he was playing video games one night last week when he noticed two individuals trespassing on his property and looking at his bicycles.
“I just happened to look up and that’s when I saw two guys coming over the fence,” Giovanni said.
The man grabbed his handgun and went out to confront the would-be robbers. Giovanni says he fired first, but he also said the robber fired back. Surveillance video does not appear to show Giovanni’s initial shot, nor is it clear when the suspect returned fire.
“Right there behind the tree. Right when he was standing by the tree is when he fired. He shot real quick and then I shot back at them and he took off,” Giovanni explains.
In any case, Giovanni was right to believe that his house was the target of a robbery. Someone stole his trailer and his motorized quad bike late Monday night, and even though his cameras did not catch that theft, he believes the same individuals were behind it.
“I don’t understand why they picked us, why they picked us to do it,” he said.
He explained that the quad runner doesn’t hold much significance, but he “values and cherishes” the trailer because his uncle gave it to him before he died.
“I said I’ll repair it unc if you just give it to me. And he went ahead and gave me the trailer,” Giovanni said.
St. Louis police weren’t able to find an official report of the incident, but surveillance video shows a squad car arriving on the scene a few minutes after shots were fired.
According to the St. Louis Crime Tracker, property crime in Benton Park West, the St. Louis neighborhood where Giovanni lives, is up 8.25% since last year. That number could be even higher if police routinely fail to file reports on incidents like this one.
Giovanni told local media he felt like his life was in danger, and that he would “do it again” if he catches trespassers on his property in the future.
“We have to be able to protect our property and our homes,” he said. “People work too hard for things for people coming in a stealing stuff.”