Father fights off intruders with hammer

Published: Dec. 7, 2011 at 10:20 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2011 at 11:32 PM EST
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Richmond, VA - A frightening night for a family of five in Richmond, when they walked in on two intruders.

It happened on Angela Drive in South Richmond around 6:40 Monday night. A 6-year-old girl was held at gunpoint and her father shot in the chest. Now, police are on the lookout for the two men they say did it.

The three children in the family are just 4, 5, and 6 years old. The father is in stable condition now, in the hospital. We spoke to him on the phone earlier today. After what his family went through, he asked us to withhold his name to protect their safety.

"My grandchildren seen their dad get shot," Prattie Z. McQuilla, the victim's mother told us.

The family that lives here, won't stay here now. They say what happened Monday night was too traumatic. They came home together and noticed a broken window out back. The father went to grab a hammer to fix it, and his daughter ran upstairs to use the bathroom.

"The gunman brought her back down stairs with his hand over her mouth so she couldn't holler, " said McQuilla.

 And when he saw his daughter, the father took action.

"Defending himself, defending his family, he struck one of these suspects in the face with the hammer," said Cpt. Emmett Williams with the Richmond Police Department, who was explaining the crime.

"He hit one of them," said McQuilla, speaking of her son. "And the guy put a gun to his chest and shot him."

Police say both intruders were armed, with a shot gun and a hand gun respectively. They also say the demanded money. But, after the confrontation, they ran away.

Neighbors say several children were outside at the time, along with two adults, and they saw the two men running from these homes and headed away from the neighborhood. Rita Wyatt's 10-year-old son was one of those kids.

"He was like, I just seen two guys run past me in all black and one of them almost knocked me down and I was scared," said Wyatt, rehashing what her son told her.

The two men were masked and the family says they didn't recognize anything about the intruders. Police think the hammer injury could be key to locating one of the intruders and solving the crime.

They say the injuries likely required medical attention and that they hope someone will put two and two together to help solve the crime.

At this time, police are not releasing details about what may have been stolen. If you know something about this crime, or think you may have seen someone with a facial injury that could have been caused by a hammer, call crime stoppers at 804-780-1000.