Police Investigate Home Invasion, Shooting

A Philadelphia resident says he fired a handgun at three men who broke into his home around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

"I didn't shoot to kill," said Jay L.C. Franklin, who lives on Golf Course Road. "I was kind of dazed and I blinked my eyes. I heard a noise again and then I heard noise the third time and I said, 'There is somebody in this house!'"

That's when Franklin, who is a veteran, says he grabbed his 38-caliber handgun and went into his kitchen where he saw three black men he did not know.

According to Franklin, the men were going through his prescription medication. He said he believes they were trying to steal it. It was just a year ago when he says some of his other prescription drugs were stolen when he was living at a house outside the city limits.

Franklin said at least one of the men had a gun.

"He fired approximately four or five shots," said Assistant Police Chief Julian Greer. "We don't know if anyone was hit, but at the time we received a call from Neshoba Regional Hospital that they had a gunshot victim at the hospital at that time."

Police are now looking for the man who dropped off the man with the gunshot wound at the hospital. He has been identified as James Antoine Moore of Philadelphia. For now, he is wanted only for questioning.

As police try to find out whether the burglary and gunshot victim are connected, Franklin says he is still a little shaken.

"I'm glad I didn't kill the young man," said Franklin.

James Antoine Moore of Philadelphia is described as a black male in his early twenties, 5' 10" and 150 pounds. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call authorities at 601-656-2131.

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  • by ____ THEM on May 13, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    i hope to God no one ever breaks in our house but if they did i would deff shoot to kill before i let them have a chance to kill my husband, children or my self... if someone breaks into your house you should be able to defend yourself without anyone looking down on you for it... ask family members who have had someone break into their home and they couldnt defend themselves and their children ended up getting kidnapped and killed (and worse)... you would think differently if you were in their shoes.
  • by are you kidding me Location: meridian on May 13, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    Juanita, you needa brain!!!! If you wait for the punk thug intruding criminals to shoot first, you might be killed on the first shot or even hit for that matter. That is one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard. What kind of math did you take in school? I would have tried to shoot all three of them. What if they came at him with a knife and tried to stab him? Should he call time out and ask them if he can put his gun up and get a knife and also call two buddies to come over so it will be even? Good Grief!!!!!!!!
  • by Carl Location: CARL on May 13, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    Juanita, youngmoney, if i was a betting man witch i am not,I bet you I know your race, and who you vote for, the ones who love to give the hand outs right, and think that black people never do eney thing wrong.and for Andrea we all can see who she is. there is comeing a day when skin color won't matter. Martin luther king's dream will come true, we will be judged by who we are and not our color. come lord JESUS!!!!!
  • by Justified Location: Meridian on May 13, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    The low life got what he deserved. Maybe if this happened more often, the thugs would think twice before they broke into someone's home. Maybe the fear of being shot would deter them because obviously they have no respect for anyone. They were probably raised to believe that they were entitled to always get something for nothing. Never mind that hard working decent people have a right to protect what's theirs.
  • by Bill Location: Meridian on May 13, 2010 at 04:26 AM
    The unfortunate thing is that some people believe that they have the right to break into someone's home with severe consequences; that is not true. A man should be able to protect his family, his possessions, and himself. I assure you that if someone broke into my home in the middle of the night, they would be met with a 45. I am glad that no-one was killed but when you take the chance these men did, they should be expecting just that.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2010 at 04:15 AM
    Juanita life has a lot of value that's why I would prtect mine by shooting at the men who broke into my house with a gun.
  • by HelloPeople Location: Stonewall on May 13, 2010 at 12:07 AM
    ok, why would anyone not think protecting yourself from even one armed robber in your own home at 2am is justified?
  • by Just Me Location: Philly on May 12, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    The only remorse i would have had if someone had broken into my house was that i didn't get a shot on all three of them.When someone breaks into your home they have crossed the line BOTTOM LINE.They did not break in to get something to eat or get some kind of help, they broke in to steal what is yours at no costs weather they have to kill you mame you or whatever means it takes . Wake up people the only way to take back our neighborhoods is with this kind of action.
  • by Bobby Location: Lauderdale on May 12, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    What the heck Andrea??? Do you regret it?? As if to imply he did something wrong. That man had every right. Some punk robbers were in his house in the middle of the night..heck yeah shoot and when you get done shooting reload and shoot again if they are still there. It is disturbing that we have come to a place in society where citizens feel, as implied by previous posts, that a criminal in the act should be treated with respect and dignity. I will sleep tight tonight with my Glock 45 loaded and ready to go...please breakin with my wife and beautiful children in the house and see the consequences. I will protect them as should anyone else. And yes I do value life, in this type of situation, it is my families.
  • by sue on May 12, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    Coming home & finding someone has been in your house is one of the most fearful things that can happen to you. So close to rape even but to wake up to them being there, omg, I can't even imagine the feeling. But I guess the conversation should have gone like----"excuse me, I don't mean to disturb you, but culd you please come back at another time if that's convenient for you. I was trying to sleep & the noise of you stealing the things I worked for wakened me. I should be up around 6:00 in the morning & usually leave for an hour or two to go shopping if you wouldn't mind coming back then." Or "I see one of you has a gun so could you please set it down while I point one at you & call the police? Oh, do either of the other of you have a gun hidden somewhere on you?" What some ignorant think, no wonder they don't give their names! But if ya'll would like to leave your addresses and the location of your most valuable items, I'll come by & get what I want &; promise not to make a mess.
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