Every now and again, there is a good story that makes the news. Usually when people use firearms in defense of life, liberty and property, there isn’t a lot of media play…This time, it’s getting good coverage!
A 14-year-old boy whose father was murdered six years ago says he was protecting his grandmother Tuesday after he fatally shot a man who was trying to break into his grandparents’ home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Anthony Hernandez was visiting his grandparents, George and Anna Marie Wyant, when he said he heard a loud bang at the back of the house around 5:15 p.m. The suspect, 18-year-old Isai Delcid, was allegedly trying to break into a back window.
Police found Delcid shot to death on the Wyants’ back deck. Police said they believe the fatal shooting was justified and have not charged the teen with a crime.
Delcid’s older brother, Carlos Delcid, who was reportedly in charge of operating the getaway car, was later arrested for 1st degree burglary.
The shooting comes six years after Anthony’s father, Gregorio Hernandez, 35, was shot to death while working on a car at the auto shop he owned. Victor Vasquez was later found guilty of first-degree murder in that killing.
“[Hernandez] was a mechanic,” Mr. Wyant told the Observer. “It was his garage. Someone came in and shot him to death.”
Hernandez’s death motivated the Wyants to begin teaching their grandchildren self-defense.
“I took [Anthony] to a shooting range,” Mr. Wyant said. “All the boys, I wanted them to learn gun safety. That’s what all of us should have for protection. These are different ages, and you have to protect yourself.”
Mrs. Wyant said the teen is “his grandmother’s hero.”
“If I was by myself, God knows what they would have done to me,” she told the Observer.