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Florida girls hide from shotgun-wielding man who enters home: video

A neighbor carrying a shotgun entered a Florida home Tuesday without permission, prompting two sisters, 14 and 4, to hide in a bedroom.

Leigha Kissinger, 14, raced her 4-year-old sister to safety earlier this week, when a man entered their home carrying a shotgun in an incident caught on surveillance video. 

“I kind of just grabbed [my sister] and took her to my room just to keep us both safe and I locked my door,” Kissinger, who lives in Marion County, Florida, told FOX 35

Kissinger looked out the window expecting to see her grandmother when a man with a gun knocked on their door. 


After the sisters, who were home alone, ran to Kissinger’s room, surveillance video shows the man, who was later identified as a neighbor, enter the home and walk around carrying the shotgun. 

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Kissinger said he was scared off by the family dog who can be seen barking in the video. 

“It was very scary because I don’t know what’s in that gun,” Kissinger told the station. “I don’t know what he’s going to do. I don’t know if he’s going to come in here and talk to me or just shoot me. There’s no telling what he would’ve done.”

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Kissinger phoned her mother while she and her sister were hiding. 

Deputies arrived at the scene shortly after, telling the man to “drop the shotgun.” 

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The family says they don’t plan on pressing charges against the neighbor, who Kissinger said she has only ever said hello to in passing. 

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“I never thought [someone with a gun] would come to my home, ever,” she said. “I practiced it in school, but I never really thought it was a big deal until it actually happens, and you have to put your thoughts together and do something.”

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