The intruders had demanded money from 73-year-old Linda Ellis and then shot her, police said in a statement on the Goldsboro Police Department’s Facebook page.
Police said the youth shot “in self-defense” at the suspects who then fled. Officers found one of the suspects, 19-year-old Khalil Herring, at an intersection near the Ellis house, who was suffering from a gunshot wound.
“Preliminary evidence suggests that Khalil Herring was one of the two masked intruders and was shot dead during the robbery,” police said.
Both Ellis and Herring were taken to Wayne UNC Health Care in Goldsboro for treatment. Herring was later pronounced dead. Ellis, the teen’s grandmother, has been treated for non-life threatening injuries and is currently in stable condition, Goldsboro police said.
Accusations against the 12-year-old, who was identified as a boy by the CNN subsidiary WTVD, are “not expected” according to police statements.
If reached on CNN, a Goldsboro Police spokeswoman would not provide any information on the second suspect in the attempted robbery.
Randolph Bunn, who said he was the teenager’s great-uncle, told WTVD he was home when the intruders entered and that one of them was armed with a gun.
“(The intruder) just shot his grandma … He would have shot him too, he would have shot me too, he would have killed us all,” Randolph Bunn told WTVD.
Chiquita Coley, who was identified as Ellis’ great niece by CNN subsidiary WRAL, said she couldn’t believe what happened.
“Why would someone come into your house and do this? It has to stop,” Coley said. “I don’t know what you’re thinking here in Goldsboro, but it has to stop.”