One mother in South Carolina wasn't going to let anyone hurt her children.
Ashley Jones, a mother of three, described to FOX Carolina how she used her firearm to protect her family when a stranger tried to break into their home. The incident happened early Thursday, November 1.
Around 6 a.m., Jones says she heard someone banging on her door. She looked out the window, but she wasn't able to see anyone.
When she asked who was there, no one replied. However, she heard people speaking in front of the house.
She says she grabbed her gun and called 911. She walked down the stairs with her gun, and she saw a man she did not know knocking on her window.
“I yelled, 'I have a gun, I will shoot you, get away from my house,'” Jones told the local FOX affiliate.
That wasn't enough to get the man to leave her home. The man and a second person responded to her threat by going to the back of the house and trying to enter through the back door. When that failed, they attempted to get in the garage before returning to the front door.
They were remarkably determined to get into this family's home. Jones said the man kicked in the front door, and she pulled the trigger. She said the bullet hit the man, and he ran off.
“Something just came over me, and I got calm. My heart slowed down and I got focused. I told myself if he comes in here, you can’t let him get past your doorstep. You have three young children to protect."
Jones said she didn't hesitate to protect her children. She said if the man would've continued into the home, she would have fired again.
“I would’ve killed him if I had to.”
Jones shared that she initially didn't want to own a gun, and after she bought it, she hoped she'd never have to use it to protect her home. She's done gun training, and she's taught her children to avoid the gun.
However, after what happened on Thursday, Jones said she is glad to be a gun owner.
"If I didn't have a weapon, I wouldn’t have been able to fight him off," Jones said.
Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said there is no known connection between the suspect and the homeowner. They praised Jones for protecting her family and her home. McBride emphasized that Jones did the right thing.
McBride also said the primary suspect is in stable condition and his wounds are not life-threatening. He also said both people seen in the surveillance video are facing charges.