When suspect Mike Lugo of Palmdale approached the woman about 10:45 a.m. through her back door, yelling at her as he advanced, the woman shot him with a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver. Frightened, she hit him twice in the abdomen and once in the leg, missing a fourth shot, [Sheriff's Lt. Tom] Bryski said.The son ran back to his mother -who was waiting in the getaway car - and they take off. But since she doesn't know the area, she stopped to flag down a police car to find a hospital. The son underwent surgery. Both are under arrest.
The police are calling it self-defense.
The paper actually gets credit for correctly identifying who is (and who is not) a victim. The woman whose house was invaded is the victim. The goblin who was shot, is no victim.