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On Saturday, May 20, 15-year-old Javaris Granger was asleep at home in Hollywood, Florida, one of 12 relatives in the house, one boy with 11 females. At 3:30 a.m., he awoke to his mother's screaming.

His mother, Maxine Chandler, was screaming in terror because she had just answered the door, expecting to find her husband back from visiting a coworker in the hospital, but finding instead an aggressive stranger. As she opened the door, the man tried to force his way into the house. She managed to close the door and lock it before the intruder, later identified as Keil Jumper, 22, could wedge the door open and get inside. But Jumper wasn't about to give up. He picked up a bicycle and began using it to batter the door and a window. Chandler dialed her husband's number on the phone. She then gave the phone to her son, and her husband told the boy to get a gun and "Do what you have to do," reported the Sun-Sentinel.

Responding to his father's instruction, Javaris got his father's two pistols, loaded them, and then, holding one in each hand, took cover and waited for Jumper to break in. Moments later, Jumper kicked the door off its hinges. Javaris initially fired a warning shot, but Jumper came toward him anyway, so Javaris pointed the right-hand gun at Jumper and fired--twice. When that gun jammed, Javaris fired the left-hand gun. Finally, Jumper fled, apparently unharmed.

But appearances proved to be deceiving. When the police responded to Chandler's 911 call, they "found Jumper lying on the ground a few houses away, shot multiple times and bleeding from his wounds," reported police Captain Tony Rode to the Miami Herald.

Jumper was hit in the stomach and legs. He was hospitalized in serious condition and will be charged once he is released. Jumper has a long criminal record. Just since February, he has been arrested for larceny twice and assault on a police officer.

Mrs. Chandler says that her son had no choice but to shoot Jumper because the police did not respond immediately to the 911 call, which was made soon after Jumper made his first attempt to break in to the house. Javaris is not expected to be charged in the incident.
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Title Annotation:Javaris Granger bravery on his home attack
Author:Williamsen, Kurt
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 26, 2006
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