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Shreveport homeowner grief-stricken after fatally shooting armed teen during home invasion

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"I don't want [his family] to think I just took their son's life because I had a gun. I didn't just do that."

Words from a 63-year-old mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, grieving over the loss of a young man she didn't even know.

And who Shreveport Police say tried to rob her at gunpoint Sunday night.

"He had it pointed at us. I was looking down the barrel of that shotgun."

She chose not to be identified and we've disguised her voice.

She says the 16-year-old, identified by police as Devon Antonio Young, entered her home in the 3000 block of Morningside Drive about 6:15 p.m. and demanded money from a safe.

She says her immediate concern was for the other two family members who were also inside the home at the time.

"I didn't really even have time to try to negotiate or talk because of the way he was demanding. I was praying the whole time I was walking down the hall, Lord, just let him change his mind. But he didn't and he came in and held the gun on me the whole time."

She says she opened her safe, grabbed her gun, and fired a single shot.

Young was hit in the upper body and died later Sunday night at the hospital.

"That's not a feeling you ever want to experience because you don't know if you're going to live or die."

Guilt, relief, fear - a mix of emotions for a resident who says she was just protecting her family.

"Lord, I wish he would have taken another road, taken another road."

The resident says, most of all, her heart goes out to Young's family as they cope with this tragedy.

The homeowner's son says his mom will probably put her home on the market soon.

Staying there, the family says, is just too painful at this point.

Police have gathered evidence through this investigation linking Young to a December burglary at the same residence.

No other family members were injured during the robbery, and no charge against that homeowner, though the SPD says it's still under investigation.

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