Teen shoots at intruders during home invasion

Credit: Kannapolis Police

(L) Andrew Calamari; (R) Kristopher Welch


by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 10:59 AM

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- A Kannapolis teen is recovering after his second home invasion in two weeks – but this time he managed to shoot one of his attackers during the assault.

“I pulled out a gun and shot one of them,” said Chris Ludwick, 19.

Ludwick said he shot at the men four times with a .22-caliber pistol that his father gave him after the first home invasion on February 7.  He was prepared when the men broke down the back door just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

"I was sleeping and was woken up to a disturbing outrage,” said Ludwick, “and they came inside my house and started trying to beat me up."

Ludwick has cuts on his face and four staples in the back of his head from where one of the men grabbed the gun and pistol whipped him after the shooting.

He doesn’t know why he was targeted twice in as many weeks.

"The first time they took a lot of hats and my phone and some of my money, and the second time all they got was my watches," he said.

Kannapolis police arrested two men shortly after the attack, after Ludwick gave police a description of their car.

Kristopher Garret Welch, 20, and Andrew Christopher Calamari, 21, are both in the Cabarrus County jail under $200,000 bond each.  Each faces charges for two counts of first degree burglary and felony larceny. Police say one of the suspects was found at CMC Northeast with a gunshot wound to the leg, while the other was picked up by Concord Police.

Welch also faces a charge of assault and battery, while Calamari faces additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon and larceny of a firearm.

Police have not yet found the gun.

Ludwick’s father Terry doesn’t regret giving his son the gun after the first home invasion.

“I hate to do it. I didn't want to do it -- but when it comes to my son's life, I want him to be protected,” said Terry Ludwick.

“He's my son and I love him, I love him dearly,” he said, choking up.

“I really do...  and I don't want nothing to happen to him."