Grandfather shoots home invaders who tried to rape his granddaughter: police

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LUMBERTON, N.C. (PIX11) — A North Carolina grandfather is recovering after exchanging gunfire with three suspects who broke into his home and allegedly tried to rape his 19-year-old granddaughter, WGHP reported.

When officers arrived to Kenneth Byrd’s home in Lumberton on reports of a shooting, they found the 67-year-old suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Byrd’s wife, 65-year-old Judy Byrd, and their granddaughter were also at the home. The family told police that a man came to their door claiming to have car problems and needed water when two other men wearing black clothing, ski masks and gloves forced their way into the home and demanded money.

All three suspects were armed, officials said. When the men tried to rape the couple’s granddaughter, Kenneth Byrd grabbed a gun and fired at the suspects, the family told police.

Authorities apprehended Brandon Carver Stephens, 28, and Jamar Hawkins, 27, when they arrived at a South Carolina hospital with gunshot wounds. (Photo: Lumberton Police Department)

Authorities apprehended Brandon Carver Stephens, 28, and Jamar Hawkins, 27, when they arrived at a South Carolina hospital with gunshot wounds. (Photo: Lumberton Police Department)

Injured, the men fled in Byrd’s gold Cadillac. It is unclear if anything was stolen from the house.

Byrd was seriously injured in the exchange and was airlifted to a hospital.

Shortly after the home invasion, authorities were alerted when 28-year-old Brandon Carver and 17-year-old Jamar Hawkins arrived to McLeod Medical Center in Dillon, South Carolina with gunshot wounds. Authorities later found a third man, 20-year-old Jamie Lee Faison, dead from an apparent gunshot wound inside Byrd’s stolen vehicle.

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    • Deborah Hatterson

      WHAT KIND OF MAYOR DID I VOTE FOR? THIS MAYOR DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING AND NO I DID NOT VOTE FOR MAYOR DE BLASIO BECAUSE HE HAS SOME BLACK MEMBERS IN HIS FAMILY WHICH I KNOW A GREAT DEAL OF PEOPLE DID VOTE BECAUSE THEY FELT HE WOULD AND COULD UNDERSTAND US MORE BECAUSE HE HAS A BLACK WIFE AND SOME BLACK CHILDREN …. LOL WHILE SMH……I VOTED FOR DE BLASIO BECAUSE I THOUGHT HE WOULD BE THE BEST FOR THE JOB HOWEVER AFTER I SAW WHAT HE DID CONCERNING THE STOP AND FRISK AND HOW HE BACKED THE CRIMINALS BECAUSE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID BY ALLOWING THESES CRIMINALS, THUGS , GANGS, GANGSTERS, DRUG DEALERS , ROBBERS RUN AROUND HERE WITH THEIR GUNS IN EVERY HOLE THEY HAVE ON THEIR BODIES AND WITH THEIR SAGGING *** PANTS …NOW LOOK …MORE ROBBERIES, THESE KIDS ARE OUT OF CONTROL…MORE ATTACKS ON SENIORS, MORE CAB DRIVERS WHO ALSO HAVE FAMILY AND LOVE ONE WHO WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM COME HOME BEING ROBBED, MORE SHOOTINGS, MORE DRUGS ON THE STREET AND MUCH MORE CHAOS…..NOW THE POLICE… THEY FEELING SOME KIND OF WAY BECAUSE ONE OR TWO BAD APPLES MADE IT HARD FOR THOSE WHO TAKE LIFE AND THEIR JOBS SERIOUS AND NOW THEY MIGHT NOT WANT TO COME TO YOUR RESCUE … MATTER OF FACT I WONT BE SURPRISED IF THEY SOON WILL BE WANTING TO STRIKE….. THEN WHAT? HOW ABOUT SOME GETZ ISSUES ARE ABOUT TO POP OFF BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO SIT AROUND ALLOWING THESE LIL COWARD*** KIDS AND ADULTS TO KEEP RUNNING AROUND HERE BEATING UP ON SENIORS , PUNCHING AND BEATING UP ON WOMEN TO ROB THEM BECAUSE THEY TO LAZY TO GO GET A JOB TO SUPPORT THEIR HABITS WHETHER IT BE DRUGS OR CLOTHES , ELECTRONICS OR WHATEVER THE REASON IS THESE COWARDS ARE DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING……WAKE THE **** UP PEOPLE YOUR BABIES ,CHILDREN, BOYFRIENDS-HUSBANDS ARE GOING TO BE DROPPING IN THE STREETS, ON THE TRAIN , IN THE BUILDING WHERE THEY TRIED TO ROB THE OLD MAN , OLD WOMAN, YOUNG WOMAN AND THE TABLES HAVE TURNED AND THE VERY PERSON THAT THEY TRIED TO INFLICT PAIN ON IN TURN SHOT AND KILLED THEM……..GETZ …….REMEMBER GETZ……….THEN ALL THE PARENTS WILL BE CRYING STILL DEFENDING THEIR PEOPLE WHEN THEY WERE DEAD WRONG IN THE FIRST PLACE…… AND UNLESS YOU ARE GOD YOU DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THEY ARE WRONG OR NOT…. UNLESS YOU ARE CLARK KENT ….. LOL TV CHARACTER.

  • Deborah Hatterson

    YES THE PEOPLE EVERY WHERE ARE OUT OF CONTROL AND THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING………CURFEW ALL OVER IS NEEDED SO MAYBE PEOPLE WILL STOP AND THINK ABOUT THEIR ACTIONS AND WE CAN GAIN SOME ORDER AND IF NOT THEN WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND THE MAYOR NEEDS TO DO IS GO TO EACH AND EVERY CORNER AND GRAB EVERY MALE WHO HAS VIOLENT RECORDS AND ALL THOSE WHO AREN’T DOING ANYTHING WITH THEMSELVES BUT SMOKING POT , DRINKING BIG BEERS ON THE CORNER AND IN THE BUILDINGS AND SELLING DRUGS TO EVERYONES MAMA, FATHER GRANDMA AND CHILDRENS AND TAKE THEM AND SEND THEM TO WAR… IT SEEMS THAT ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS KILL EACH OTHER AND US TOO…. ANYBODY DISTURBED BY THIS POST THEN MAKE LIKE A GHOST AND VANISH FROM THIS PAGE……..DELETE YOURSELF.

    • Branches

      Just to let you know, I didn’t read all of that insane crap you posted in capital letters after reading how upset you are with the Mayor of NYC, and how that relates to a horrible thing happening in North Carolina. That would be time I could never get back, reading that ridiculous diatribe of crazy insane lunacy. I just wanted to help you out with this really quick. Just stop it. You and your caps lock are embarrassing. :/ smdh

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