TALLADEGA, AL (WCMH) – An 11-year-old boy shot a burglar during a break-in attempt.

Chris Gaither was home along Wednesday when he says he heard a noise. It was apparent that someone was trying to break in.

Fearing for his life, he tells WVTM he grabbed a 9mm handgun.

“When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” Gaither said.

The intruder started walking toward the front door, carrying a hamper full of property.

That’s when Gaither opened fire.

“I shot through the hamper he was carrying,” Gaither said. “It was a full metal jacket bullet. It went straight through the back of his leg. He started crying like a little baby.”

Police are investigating and the name of the suspect has not been released. He was taken to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries.What others are clicking on: