KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Robbers broke into a Kansas City family's home and pulled guns before trying to shoot a baby on Tuesday night but the child's father took the bullet instead, police say.
"Everything moved so fast that night. I didn't even realize I heard three different conversations in our home, and, they held guns to all of our heads," Ciara DeBarge said about the terrifying night when three men, two armed with guns, stormed inside her family's home.
"One first kicked in the door, yelled police and told us to get down on the floor," she said.
DeBarge, 26, was home with her 24-year-old brother, DeJuante Crawford, and seven children when it happened.
"...Children who were so afraid, all of us were. I thought I was gonna die, " DeBarge told Fox4KC in an exclusive interview.
DeBarge told police once inside their house the intruders started grabbing her and her family.
"We'd never seen them before in our lives. We've only lived here for three-and-a-half months and before that this house was vacant. One of those guys pointed a gun at my brother. My brother tussled with him and another guy grabbed my nephew and threw him across the room and then he shot and then that's when our dog attacked him, " DeBarge said.
What's more, Ciara said, is one of the home invaders then quickly shot and killed the family's pit bull, China.
"The coward shot China eight times. We buried her in our backyard. The same idiot then grabbed my blouse, dragged me to the back of the house, pointed a gun to the back of my head and asked me, 'Where's the money?' I had no idea what he was talking about," she said.
Moments later, Ciara said one of the robbers tried to shoot her brother's baby boy.
"He actually fired that gun once and that's when my brother jumped in front of his baby and got shot in his back trying to save his child. Thank God nobody else was hurt. He could've killed my brother's son. Another one could've killed me and my brother's girlfriend and for nonsense. They stole my brother's two registered guns, robbed us of our peace and everything. I just want the police to catch them, " DeBarge said.
As of Thursday night Kansas City police were still searching for the armed robbers and still looking for a motive for the violent home invasion.