I am growing cynical in my old age. When I read the story my first thought was, "Wow, I wonder how much drug money this young father owed that gang?" I really wish these stories had more information, although I realize that's not possible right away.
More likely "moronic"...
“Wow, I wonder how much drug money this young father owed that gang?”
I’m sure it is different in various parts of the country - but that is what I thought too. In our area most of the break-ins are during the day and they are looking not looking for confrontation. However, even if the dad DID owe drug money, etc. - glad he took care of business and took the two out that broke in. Gangs/drugs might also be more of a motivation to leave his home as well.
Too bad he didn’t get the guy running away. Although in Virginia that may be frowned upon.