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CALERA, Okla. — A would-be burglar is recovering after being shot by a 12-year-old girl.
It started as a day like any other for Kendra St. Clair. That is, until she heard her door bell ring.
"I didn't know who the guy was when I saw him, so I didn't answer," she said.
She went to the blinds to get a closer look at the man at her door. That's when she says 32-year-old Stacey Jones started pounding on her door.
Scared and worried, she called her mom.
"She said 'Mom I think he's going to the back door', and I said you go get the gun and you get in my closet right now and call 911," Debra St. Clair said.
"I was sitting in the closet really scared holding the gun, not knowing what was going to happen. When he turned the door handle I shot towards him with my mom's gun and it hit him in the arm," Kendra St. Clair said.
St. Clair says Jones ran out of the bathroom she shot him in the shoulder. She stayed on the phone with the 911 dispatcher the entire time she was in the closet, and didn't leave until the dispatcher told her it was okay.
"I was shaking. I didn't know what to do. I was kind of hesitant about the whole thing. The whole time I was scared and I was sad and crying. I couldn't believe it was happening," she said.
I was sitting in the closet really scared holding the gun, not knowing what was going to happen. When he turned the door handle I shot towards him with my mom's gun and it hit him in the arm,
–12-year-old Kendra St. Clair
Today she is being called a hero by many for her bravery.
Although severely shaken, police say she was able to remain calm and think logically.
"She has set a good example today. I don't know of many women, men or young girls who would have been able to do what she did today," Debra St. Clair said.
The young girl says she attributes her actions to her mother.
"She helped me to remain calm and told me that everything was going to be okay. I knew exactly what to do because I was brave and I heard her voice just running through my head saying it's okay, it's okay," she said.
Police say St. Clair did exactly what she should have done. Investigators removed the bullet from the wall, and the back door of the St. Clair's home was repaired.