Earlier this morning at 2 a.m., a homeowner in Brooklyn shot a man who was breaking into his house on East 64th Street in Mill Basin. According to WPIX, the homeowner "saw someone in his front yard" and then "went to retrieve his gun and by the time he returned, the suspect was already broke into his home. The man shot the suspect twice in the torso."

The homeowner, described as a retired schoolteacher, has a valid license to carry and possess the gun. Cops do not suspect criminality because the homeowner was trying to defend himself. A neighbor told WPIX, "If somebody were to break into my house and try to harm my family, there's very little that's gonna come between me and my family. I hope the perpertator is hurting [and] he learns his lesson so he can share his story with other people about breaking into other people's houses."

The would-be burglar is in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital. WPIX adds, "Residents [say] there have been a number of break-ins in the area recently. They also said just one block away, a family was held at gunpoint during another home invasion and the suspect made off with $50,000 in cash and jewelry."