Myth Blaster: "Eleven Year Old Shoots Home Intruders"


When are people going to learn about “revelations” and “true” stories passed around on the email chain-mail circuit?
There are enough true stories concerning citizens protecting themselves, their property, loved ones and homes without making something up. It is also a made up story that reflects the person who put it together as a bias person against Mexicans, illegal or not.
Myth Blaster Verdict: Unfounded and no story has been released in any Montana news media. False.
The specific story I am referring to was supposed to occur on November 5th, 2007 in Butte, Montana. The version I received is transcribed as follows:

Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11 year old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home. It seems the two crooks never learned two things: they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay shooting champion since she was nine.
Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father’s room and grabbed his 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun. Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old’s knee crouch aim. He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals. When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive.
It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen 45 caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest. Ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC news? An 11 year old girl, properly trained, defended her home, and herself……against two murderous, illegal immigrants……and she wins, she is still alive. Now that is Gun Control !

Snopes wrote at its website concerning the email tale with a different occurrence date …

The above-quoted story … was posted to LibertyPost.org on 25 April 2007. Although the account is being widely cited as a validation of anti-illegal immigration and/or pro-gun ownership positions, confirmation of the tale as a real-life incident is lacking. …as having taken place in Butte, Montana, that area’s sheriff has said no such thing occurred in that city: … “This never happened” … The only news story (of recent vintage) we could turn up about a minor using a shotgun to kill two armed intruders attempting a home invasion robbery took place in December 2006 and involved a 17-year-old boy in Texas …:
“An overnight home invasion robbery attempt in northeast Harris County ended in a hail of gunfire that left two suspects dead. Investigators said a 17-year-old was home with his cousin when four armed men kicked in the door and started shooting. The teen pulled out a shotgun of his own and fired back at the suspects, killing two of them.”

If pro-Second Amendment and anti-illegal immigrant advocates want to retain any credibility – they better watch what they print.
John Grant Emeigh, The Montana Standard, wrote on December 13th 2007 the article entitled Fake Story Still Circulating on Internet:
A dramatic story about shooting that supposedly happened in Butte last year is nothing more than an urban myth. The bogus story has been circulating for the past year on Internet blogs and Web sites concerning a girl shooting two men who broke into her Butte home in November 2006. … When asked about the authenticity of the events described in this story, Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff John Walsh told The Montana Standard in an earlier interview that his office never investigated such an incident. … The story has been printed as fact on some anti-gun control and anti-immigration Web sites. …
Folks, don’t forward email like this – and it will quickly die out in the trash heap where it belongs; however, DO pass this stuff on to Myth Blaster, Chain Email busters and other credible folks who fights to rid our email of such things that waste our time.
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