911 call: Ladson boy, 13, says ‘mama’ told him about gun used to shoot at burglar

Investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office collect evidence Tuesday from a home on Elderwood Drive in Ladson after a burglarly suspect was shot by a 13-year-old who was home alone and used his mother’s gun.

A 13-year-old boy spoke calmly with dispatchers about how he fended off a man who tried to break into the Ladson home where he was alone earlier this week, according to a 911 call released Thursday.

The teenager said he saw a man with a gun Tuesday afternoon outside his Elderwood Drive house. When the gunman tried to get in, the boy told a dispatcher that he grabbed his mother’s 9 mm Glock 17 pistol.

“My mama, she told me where the gun was at before she left,” he said. “When they tried to come inside the house, I tried to shoot at them.”

Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, of Summerville was hit three times and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said.

Another man suspected of driving Brown to a hospital, Ira Jerome Bennett, 28, of North Charleston was later arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. He remained jailed Thursday without bail.

The 911 call was released after The Post and Courier filed a S.C. Freedom of Information Act request for the recording. Three other people, including the boy’s mother, also dialed 911 after hearing gunfire or learning about the shooting.

The newspaper has not identified the family members because of the boy’s age.

The mother told a dispatcher that she had left for work in Moncks Corner when her son called and told her about the shooting. She then told him to call the police, she said.

In his call, the boy indicated that he had noticed the car before the fatal encounter.

“They came here two times,” he said. “The first time, I think they saw me or something. I don’t know.”

Through a back window, he noticed a car, which looked to him like a Chevrolet, park behind his house and a man with a gun creeping through the yard.

The man tried to break in through a window, he said.

The teen was at the back door when he opened fire and continued shooting as the man retreated to the car, investigators said. At some point the man fired back, the detectives said.

“They had a gun, too,” the boy said in the 911 call. “I see the gun on the ground.”

He reported seeing only one man at the time. But authorities have said that Brown and Bennett both were there. Bennett was driving a Chevrolet Sonic sedan that later showed up at Trident Medical Center.

Two other people in the community called after hearing the barrage of gunfire. One woman, a next-door neighbor, said it could have been a dozen shots.

“He was shooting out the door,” the caller said. “I don’t know if he was shooting at that car that just went up the street.”

A man who was visiting the area estimated that it was about half that amount.

“There’s kids out here everywhere,” the man told a dispatcher. “I’m just worried about the kids.”

Reach Andrew Knapp at (843) 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

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