UPDATE: One of the suspects has turned himself in and is facing attempted murder charges.
ORIGINAL STORY: Home invaders bit off more than they could chew when they kicked in the door of 21-year-old SPC Semantha Bunce. To those that don’t know better, she seems like the typical suburban mom. But Semantha is a combat medic in the National Guard and that warrior spirit is why she’s still alive.
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Having heard the invaders kicking in the door Semantha secured her child in the bedroom and retrieved her handgun.
When she startled the two criminals at the base of the stairs, they opened fire on her and a brief intense gun battle ensued.
Despite taking two hits in the gunfight, she crawled back up the stairs to check on her son before calling 911 – and then began treating her own wounds before the ambulance even arrived:
Bunce was feeding the baby when the assailants forced their way into the home.
Bunce met the intruders at her bedroom door and when the men opened fire on her in the stairwell area, she fired back, her husband said.
“I think it was a shock to the intruders just as much as it was to her,” said Paul Bunce, her husband.
Paul told Channel 9 his wife is a combat medic with the National Guard. He believes her training allowed her to stay mentally focused and calm during what was a fight for her life.
“They’ve got a long journey,” said one neighbor outside the Bunce family’s home.
Since the shooting, neighbors have embraced the family. Many stopped by the house and offered their thoughts and prayers for a mother who risked it all to protect her own.
Family members said Semantha will need at least one more surgery.
Semantha is still in the hospital in serious condition and is expected to make a complete recovery despite needing at least one more surgery.
Police have not released a description of the home invaders at this point.