Police said two masked teens armed with BB guns and baseball bats were in the process of robbing the home of Eraldo Iannitelli shortly before 6 a.m. when he returned home. Grabbing a 12-gauge shotgun, he fired at the fleeing teens.
A 16-year-old boy was hit. Neighbors who heard his cries called 911. Police are searching for the second teen.
According to police, Mr. Iannitelli is being charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
The 16 year old will be charged with robbery and aggravated assault, police said.
The gray area comes in when the suspects are not fleeing, but are merely engaging in a tactical retreat, and plan to continue the fight.Â There’s always a possibility this man felt that the suspects were not breaking off the fight, and thus his actions were not inappropriate, but one should always be inherent wary of firing on suspects who are retreating from you.