A five-year-old boy was caught on camera valiantly protecting his mother when gunfire rang out and several armed men broke into her home.
The dramatic surveillance video of the home invasion, which occurred at 10:30 a.m. on September 30, shows the moment four men – at least three of them with guns – stormed through the door of Tamika Reid's home in South Bend, Indiana.
Police told WNDU that the armed men knocked on the door and that a child in the house opened the door.
Four armed men stormed into Tamika Reid (right) home in Indiana while she was there with her children during a morning raid on September 30th
When the armed men forced Tamika into another room, their five-year-old son David (front center) can be seen throwing toys at one of the armed men
In the video, Tamika can be seen in the middle of ironing while her five-year-old son David is playing nearby. The door is then opened and the men storm into their house.
Tamika stands up to examine the sound as the hooded men run over to her with guns drawn, forcing her to fall back on a sofa.
She holds out her hands to the armed men and stands up while the armed men follow her. In the background another person has their hands up and is being forced by a rifleman to walk in the same direction as Tamika.
Then little David goes into action, picks up toys, throws them to the nearest shooter and tries to attack him.
At some point, the boy seems to grab the gunman's arm and pull him away from where his mother is being held by the screen.
Fortunately for the boy, the shooter wipes off the attacks instead of aiming at him.
Tamika (left) called her son David (middle) her "hero". Your daughter is also pictured (right)
David said he was trying to protect his mother when he threw his toys and beat the armed men
Tamika (right) can be seen with her hands raised in the direction of a Sagittarius and David. In the background, another person (in a light-colored shirt) is held near the door at gunpoint
The video also shows David fearlessly slapping the archer (left) and grasping his arms (right).
"What you see was that I was ironing our clothes, making our clothes, and ready to start our day," Tamika told WSBT.
If the video had audio, she said, "You would hear me say," What is that? "When gunfire rang out and the men entered their house.
Tamika said she was scared because her children were with her when the home invasion happened.
She called David her "hero" and noted that "he was trying to beat the boys".
"My thing was that I had to get him out of the house before they harm my son," Tamika said.
David told the news channel that was trying to protect his mother, "I hit him and tried to throw my car at him," the five-year-old said.
The armed men left without taking anything or injuring anyone in the house.
The police have now released the video, hoping to get tips out of the public.
"As this little boy is defending his family and home, we ask the community to defend him now," said Christine Karsten, South Bend Police media representative, to WNDU.
Karsten also told WSBT: "No little boy, nobody in general should have to go through this, so it's really important that we get those responsible for this heinous crime off the streets."
The armed men in the video have the hoods of their sweatshirts tied tightly around their faces, and some are wearing masks that hide their faces.
Detectives are still investigating the incident but have no suspects yet.
It is unclear what the motive for the home invasion was.
Anyone with information about this home invasion is asked to call the South Bend Police Investigative Bureau at 574-235-9263 or leave an anonymous notice at Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP or 1-800-342-STOP.
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