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10-year-old grabs N.Y. intruder's dropped gun, takes a shot

Published June 4, 2013 12:19 pm

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NEW YORK • A 10-year-old Brooklyn boy picked up a gun that was dropped by a would-be robber dressed as a delivery man and fired a shot, police said Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

Two men in disguise knocked on the door to the house at around 5:30 p.m. Monday, and two teenage sisters opened the door, police said. The intruders pushed past them and went upstairs to the second floor. A 40-year-old woman, the owner of the home, slammed a bedroom door on one of the would-be robber's arms.

The suspect dropped his gun, police said, and it was picked up by the owner's 10-year-old son, who fired a round that hit a wall. Police said one of the suspects fired back, but no one was hit and the men fled the home without stealing anything.

The home was located in Canarsie, a south Brooklyn residential neighborhood that ends at the Jamaica Bay.

Police are investigating. There were other kids in the home at the time, but police said they didn't witness anything.