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Witness: Suspects in home invasion armed with semi-automatic weapon

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies are searching for three people who witnesses say broke into their home and forced them to ground with a semi-automatic weapon.

The Sheriff's Office says it happened around 1:30 a.m. at 4241 Gordon Road Lot 15.

Investigators say three black males dressed in black wearing hairnets over their heads broke in an demanded money. They say one of the men was wearing a red bandana over the lower part of his face. Witness said the suspects were between 5'9" and 6' tall.

Detectives say after ransacking the home, the men took off.

Deputies used a K-9 to try and track the suspects, but it was unsuccessful.

Anyone with information should contact the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office at (910) 798-4162.

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thugs got lucky, I know a

thugs got lucky, I know a lot of homes that if they choose to break into their career is going to be cut short, very short. that has to be a terrifying experience to waking up to your house being broke into, hopefully someone will put a stop to their habit soon before any innocent people get hurt.

They used a "Semi-automatic" weapon?

That cound be anything from a .22 pistol to a large caliber hunting rifle. "semi-automatic" weapons have been produced since the late 1800's, so no news here. "FULLY-Automatic" weapons are a different story. I think we have a bit of "news hype" going on again trying to scare people about the use of semi-automatic weapons. A home invasion with a baseball bat or a knife is just as terrifying! If people would simply keep a 12 ga. pump handy, it would be a great deterrant against criminals breaking your door down to get in!

My REAL curiosity is the STATUS of the perpetrators themselves. Are they convicted felons allowed back into society to continue their rampage? How many convictions do thay already have and for what crimes? I'm willing to bet they already have a felonious rap sheet a mile long and shouldn't be out in the first place. We'll see!

The one thing that's not

The one thing that's not being considered here is that this incident might not have ever actually happened or it might not have happened exactly as it's being reported by the "victim(s)". STAY TUNED!!

guest-o-matic

You forgot one important rant in your comment. Evidently the people who lived there are okay. It must have been a horrible experience for them. Aren't you jumping ahead of yourself here? 'News hype' about the gun doesn't register with me. The story itself got my attention. Do you think WWAY writers had time to really think about scaring people in their article?

and -

And - if this had ended differently - say - with the residents shooting the thugs dead - the families of the thugs would be crying "excessive force".

Hope they catch the thugs soon before they try it again. The next time though they might not be so lucky. Smith & Wesson might be waiting for them!

Guest111

Yes, I do think they would hype up the news story. I think if they would have said armed with guns would be enough. How do they know they were semi auto weapons are they weapon expects?

I didn't forget anything at all.

A lot of people interpret "semi-automatic" weapons as machine guns. That is not the case and a somewhat misleading headline. But yes, it got YOUR attention, so I suppose that's what counts. "Evidently the people who lived there are okay. It must have been a horrible experience for them" Ya thank? Think they'll be able to sleep good in their own home now? Sure...they're okay... I hope that 12ga. pump is a little more handy for them the next time around!

Sometimes journalists use certain words and phrases for that "shock factor" from their readers, a common practice.

Now, as I said. Let me know about the poeple that broke in and their criminal history. What I want to know is: "Was this a gun-related crime, or is it another loose felon with a stolen gun crime?"

G-o-m

Perhaps they were law abiding CCP holders gone bad?
Might as well talk about all the possibilities eh?
Of course being in a mobile home a 12 gauge pump might cause more harm than is necessary and may harm innocents in nearby rooms.
But you are more than likely right - the averages indicate that this is more than likely people with a history of previous crimes.
But don't forget, a criminal with a drawn weapon has the drop on a person reaching for his weapon.........

Vog

C'mon Vog?

CCP holders gone bad? Some good sarcasm, but extremely unlikey albeit "possible"...as are many things. I haven't read of any CCP holders "going bad"...ever.

Be aware of two things:

1. I don't care if it is a mobile home or a Landfall Estate, sheetrock and stud walls don't stop buckshot, so most that understand their home defense strategy don't go shooting through walls! Occupied rooms normally aren't adjacent to home entrances where criminals attempt to invade. Common sense, training and decision making has to prevail.

2. Nobody has a key to my home. When I awake at sound of my door being forcefully pried open or kicked in (or even messed with at all), I can assure you that I know the inside of my house much better than the intruder does. I will be racked and ready well before he even knows what direction in which he wants to proceed, IF he gets in. I'll take it from there. In short, the intruder does NOT have "the drop" as you point out.

Vog, you have to take the time to get educated on firearms, self-defense and understand how all of this works. It isn't just guesswork by abysmal idiots as you continually seem to assume. While it never gets published, there are plenty of cases of homeowners that avert serious criminal consequences through the proper training, preparation and application of home defense tactics. This is becoming more and more of a neccessity as is evident by both the exponential increase in firearms training courses AND reports by the media of desperate individuals that feel they have the right to break in to YOUR home and take YOUR property and or life. People are tired of sitting back and simply allowing this to happen any longer.

G-o-m

20 years in the Army
Current CCP holder

Mobile home locks are nothing
And if its a single wide? Taking ANY shot with a 12 Ga shotgun will spray shot all over the home.
For home defense I prefer a 9mm and like you no one has a spare key to my place. I am alarmed with a reputable outfit monitoring the system. I also have interior home surveillance camera's tucked away in strategic spots.(Interior lights come on with alarm trigger making the movie picture very nicely defined)
While we may know our homes better than intruders read the article again - it was a mobile home.
Now if the homeowner was alone? (This one wasn't according to the article) a 12 ga would work just fine.

And yes I was being facetious about CCP holders.
But then again we'll never know when a CCP holder goes bad, will we?

Vog

Vog

You crack me up! I love it when you get into a verbal (although typed) one on one with someone. You go boy!!! (I assume you are male)

Boy oh boy

am I a boy oh boy !!!
Now if this were a single wide? (the story doesn't say)
The layout is pretty simple, and fairly standard isn't it?
Front door leads to living area, right is kitchen, left is bedrooms or vice versa.
You can shoot a 12 gauge from the far left bedroom and pick shot out of the kitchen walls on the other side of the home (or your car parked outside the kitchen).
G-o-m is right about the headline exaggeration - semi-automatic "automatically" (sorry) triggers(sorry again) thoughts of heavy machine guns in most peoples minds.
The story implies multiple people in the home at the time of the invasion. Given the building techniques used? I'd be hesitant to use a 12 ga pump, unless all the people inside were in one room.
But thats me....

Vog