China is fond of criticizing the United States for its gun problems; however, one Chinese-American shop owner in Georgia has recently become a hero to her compatriots after using her handgun to shoot dead one of the burglars who broke into her home earlier this month.
Surveillance camera footage taken on September 16th at 4 a.m. in the morning from inside 36-year-old Chen Fengzhu’s residence in Gwinnet County, Georgia has gone viral on the Chinese internet. The video shows three men with guns breaking in through the front door and then searching the house for cash. During their search, the burglars startled a shop assistant who shouted “no money!”
The commotion woke up Chen in her bedroom. She reportedly tried to call 911, but there was no response. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, Chen then burst out of her bedroom, shooting indiscriminately at the intruders with a handgun while still wearing her pajamas.
The burglars quickly fled under a hail of bullets. One of them was shot and died on Chen’s driveway. Another is believed to have been shot as well. Last week, the Gwinnett County Police Department released the footage of the incident, hoping it would help find the two fugitives who made it out alive and are still at large.
“She simply exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property,” said a local police department spokesman about the shooting. Chen’s husband had given her the gun just one month earlier. Prior to that night, she had only fired it once before, at a shooting range.
According to CCTV News, Chen might just become a hero to Chinese expats who are often the victims of crime abroad and hope that the gun-toting shopkeeper in pajamas will help to change perceptions of Chinese as defenseless “silent lambs.” Chen herself told overseas Chinese media that often female Chinese businesswomen are targeted in her area because of their reputation for storing a lot of money at home, rather than at the bank.
Certainly, Chinese netizens on Weibo have applaud Chen for her decisive action, marveling that she was able to go one-on-three against the intruders, and wondering if they could have done the same.
Back in January of this year, a 19-year-old Chinese exchange student was shot and killed by an Arizona woman following a minor fender bender. The shocking incident caused many of the student’s compatriots studying in America to consider buying guns of their own.
Watch the video below:
[Video via People’s Daily / CCTV News]