After allegedly leaving a birthday party and returning a short while later, the man who was shot (I won't say he's a victim yet), accompanied by another man, started to bang on the door of a house they mistakenly thought was the party house. The men were likely confused as to why they were not being let back in. After exchanging argumentative words with the man inside the home, the homeowner fired one round through the door, striking the guy in his chest. He was taken to UMC and his condition is unknown at the time of this report. No names have been released officially and no arrest has been made. The shooting remains under investigation.
There is a precedent with regard to the application of Nevada's "Stand Your Ground" law whereby a homeowner, in reasonable fear for his life or protection of his family, can use deadly force with no duty to flee. A 19 year old man was shot through a backyard window in March of 2012 and no charges were filed on the shooter. The deceased had a criminal history involving burglaries at the time.
What do you think? Is this proper and reasonable to assume the homeowner was justified in his actions? What would you do if your loved ones were terrified after being awakened at 2am on a weekday, while being unsure of what may happen when aggressive men break down your door? Is it a person's obligation to ascertain a person's motivations, intent, or thought processes when they are practically breaking into your private home? I think not. It's easy to play a Monday morning quarterback and say the shooter should've done this or that, but my gut is telling me he was more-than reasonable here. I am glad however to see that the two men (likely in their 20s) will be okay.