This article contains video that some may find disturbing.
One five-year-old boy from South Bend, Indiana is being hailed as a hero after he was caught on video leaping to protect his mother from several armed invaders.
Surveillance footage shows David Johnson springing into action when four men—at least three of which were holding guns—burst into mother Tamika Reid’s home at 10:30 AM on September 30.
The boy is seen swatting at one of the intruders and throwing his toy at him, before running after one of the men and seemingly trying to tackle him.
South Bend Police told WNDU that the men knocked on the door and a juvenile opened it for them while Reid was ironing clothes. They also say that shots were fired but nothing was taken from the home and no physical injuries were reported.
“What you see was me ironing our clothes, getting our clothes ready to start our day,” Reid told WSBT. “You would hear me saying, “what is that!’”
“I’m just, my whole thing was—my hero right here—he was trying to hit the guys,” said the proud mom. “My thing was I need to get him out of the house before they do something to my son.”
David explained that he was just trying to protect his mom: “I hit him and I tried to throw my car at him,” the five-year-old told the station.
“This video is extremely disturbing,” Said SBPD, according to the New York Post. “You can see a little boy hitting one of the armed suspects as he tried to defend his home. It is our job now to defend him.”
Police say they released the video in the hopes that witnesses would come forward to identify the suspects. They also praised little David for his courage: “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,” South Bend police spokeswoman Christine Karsten said.
“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.”
Authorities urge anyone with information about the incident to call South Bend Police Department or leave an anonymous tip at Michiana Crime Stoppers.