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Ohio homeowner shoots two intruders

FILE photo shows 24-year-old man who shot two intruders who broke into his Columbia, Ohio home. (WKRC)

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - A resident says of Columbia Township, Ohio said he was protecting his family when he grabbed a gun and shot two home intruders early Saturday morning.

Police say two men broke into the home on Kenoak Lane just after 3 a.m.

That's when 24-year-old Gary Gross grabbed a hammer and confronted the two intruders that he says he's never seen before.

After a brief struggle, Gross says he ran outside, grabbed a gun from his car, ran back inside and then shot both men who fled from the house and drove away.

"They picked the wrong day to do something like that," Gary Gross told Local 12. "I don't want to kill anybody, so hopefully they'll be okay and they'll learn a lesson."

Gross says his girlfriend and son were in the house at the time of the home invasion.

"You have to do what you got to do. You have to make sure that these guys do not make it to that back room. Your son is back there. If anything happens to you, he's defenseless, she's defenseless."

The suspects were located a short time later and taken to U.C. Medical Center.

One of the men is in critical condition, the other is in stable condition. Their names have not been released at this time.

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