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Video shows brave 5-year-old South Bend boy fight back against home invaders


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A frightening story first-hand tonight from a mom and her young son.

Four men caught on tape bursting into their home, at least three of those men holding guns.

This family is lucky -- and wanting answers.

The video, which very quickly went viral, was posted today so police can try to get more leads on the case.

No way around it, it's disturbing, and many who watch it are commenting on the bravery of a little boy trying to fight back.

The home invasion happened around 10:30 last Wednesday morning on South Bend's South Grant Street.

“What you seeing was me ironing our clothes, getting our clothes, ready to start our day,” said Tamika Reid. “You would hear me saying, “what is that!’”

That’s when shots were fired and four individuals in hoodies stormed into the kitchen. At least three of them were holding guns.

Tamika Reid lives in the home and said she was terrified because her children were in the room when it happened.

She was trying to keep her kids safe, but her 5-year-old son David did his best to fight back.

“I’m just, my whole thing was my hero right here. He was trying to hit the guys. My thing was I need to get him out of the house before they do something to my son,” said Reid

David was throwing toys and going after the intruders.

He says he was just trying to protect his mom.

“I hit him and I tried to throw my car at him.”

When the intruders left, no one was hurt and nothing was taken.

But South Bend Police are saying---for this family-- justice needs to be served.

“A lot of people are saying this little boy is so brave and he deserves a gold star and that’s true, he was extremely brave in this situation,” said Christine Karsten, South Bend police spokeswoman. “But no little boy, nobody in general should have to go through something like this so it’s really important we get those who are responsible for this heinous crime off the streets.”

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Detectives say they don't have any suspects right now. Anybody with tips is asked to call Michiana Crime Stoppers or the South Bend Police Department.

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