Do you think these two Carolina thieves would have broken into this house, in broad daylight, if they believed that a) anyone was home, and b) whoever was home was also armed?

An Elm City woman shot at two men who broke into her home on Tonya Road Friday morning, her husband told WRAL News.

Chris Griffin said his wife, who had stayed home sick from work, heard a noise around 11 a.m. and then saw two men outside her house. When she heard them start kicking in the back door, she hid in the bedroom closet with a cellphone and a pistol.

The men ransacked the house, and when they opened the closet door, she fired at them, Griffin said. One man was struck, authorities said.

The men fled, and neighbor Wayne Crumpler said he heard them yelling for help.

The wounded man then started toward Crumpler’s house.

“He started in this direction. I stepped inside and got my revolver,” he said. “I told him to hold it.”

The man then ran into the woods, Crumpler said.

They were eventually caught and now face charges. One of them is just 16 years old. Neighbor Wayne Crumpler sounds like a good man.

“She was lucky she knew how to use a handgun and lucky she had it. Because If she hadn’t, we might be going to a funeral,” he said. “I’m proud of her.”

Was it luck, or forethought and preparation?

Two firearms just saved at least one life and helped take two criminals off the streets, at least for a while.