NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — Two brazen burglars in Brooklyn apparently picked the wrong house to break into – on the other side of the door, they found a retired schoolteacher with a licensed, and loaded, gun.

Neighbors describe Larry Goldstein as timid and shy, and the retired schoolteacher certainly appeared that way. He hid behind his front door as police investigated the early morning shooting in Mill Basin, where Goldstein opened fire with his licensed handgun on two would-be burglars.

“I know Larry well – he’s a very nice fellow,” Larry’s mailman, Luis Ramirez, said. “He was protecting his house. He had a right to bear arms, so obviously he’s in the right, but when you shoot somebody, it’s difficult to comprehend.”

“Wonderful person, very mild-mannered, gentle man, it’s just unfortunate. What could be going through his head, now having to have to shoot someone in his own house, being invaded like that. It’s unfortunate,” said resident Mike Reinhardt.

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Police say it was just before 2 a.m. Wednesday when Goldstein and his wife heard a noise downstairs in the home on 64th Street. The 62-year-old confronted two suspects in his kitchen after they apparently slipped in through a basement window.

The suspect who was shot, police say, had a starter’s pistol in his hand. He was shot three times as his accomplice fled, reports CBS 2’s Magee Hickey.

Goldstein was eventually brought to the 63rd Precinct stationhouse for questioning, but was released without being charged with any crime.

When reached for comment, Goldstein said that on the advice of his lawyer, he was not allowed to talk about what happened in the early morning hours at his home. When asked if he was a hero, he said, “no comment.”

“I believe he is [a hero],” neighbor Fred Barone said. “Hopefully he’s going to make people think twice about coming around here and knocking down doors.”

“As a person who has never been a proponent of gun ownership, I am glad he had one now,” another neighbor, Betty Sikorski, said.

Police say there had been several break-ins and home invasions in the neighborhood in the last few months.

“Lately, it’s been kind of bad. There’s been a few home invasions I heard. I don’t know, I guess we have to get a grip on the neighborhood,” said resident John Akman.

“This is a very safe neighborhood but I’ve been hearing about break-ins in the neighborhood,” Ramirez said.

The wounded suspect, Alexander Manigat, is still listed in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital. He has been charged with robbery and criminal possession of a fake gun.

His accomplice is still on the loose.

Comments (18)
  1. victor says:

    another wanabe gang member dead,,,good for the old man…..shot to kill and the problem is over….should have killed the other person also and would have two wanabes elimited all at once. now the parents of the one that died will say their son was a good boy and wouldn`t do a thing like breaken and entry…..

  2. Woody3691 says:

    He was right to use deadly force to defend his home. He shouldn’t feel apologetic or guilty.

  3. mjd says:

    what? Nemesis, don’t be as Nematode!

  4. StorminNorman says:

    Would have loved to have seen the expression on the intruders face when the tables turned. Should have shot em both ( Empied the firearm ). Great job homeowner.

  5. TIMT> says:

    Francis Minerva. thank you for protecting your family and neighbors!!! and for being an ARMED AMERICAN CITIZEN!!! using your 2nd Amendent Rights!!!!! I DO (NJ)

    1. tim t> says:

      Larry Goldstein
      sorry i got the wrong name in my post . god bless and dont give up your rights to the 2nd Amendment> thank you again Sir!

  6. Sally Rogers says:

    But twice in Long Island men defended their homes and were arrested for it. Is it because Mr. Goldstein is white and in the other two cases the homeowners were black? I don’t believe any of them should face charges defending their homes, this case just raises some questions.

    1. scott says:

      as this article clearly states he is a LICENSED gun owner.

    2. fred says:

      Sally, everyone is out to get you because of your gender and color

  7. pete says:

    You can’t even get a peaceful night’s rest anymore. Watch the homeowner face charges that he violated the intruder’s rights.

  8. Nemesis xyz says:

    Drop this crimiinal into Jupiter!

  9. Nemesis xyz says:

    Those who live by the gun, die by the gun.

    1. TIMT> says:

      break into my house and see whom dies by the gun!!!!

    2. New Mexico Hunter says:

      Those who give up the gun will be terrorized by those who don’t. What possible moral reason could you have for insisting that a good man and his wife should suffer up to death by letting evil men terrorize them?

  10. John says:

    What better way to get a grip on the neighborhood….too bad more law abiding citizens in NY don’t have the same rights as this guy.

  11. Johnny says:

    Watch the NYPD prosecute the homeowner for criminal possession of a weapon or some garbage being it’s nearly impossible to obtain a firearms permit. This guy is a true hero and performed a great service to his community!

    1. scott says:

      First, the NYPD doesn’t prosecute anyone. It’s the district attorneys office that does the prosecuting. Second, He would only be arrested on the word of the district attorney. You should really know what your talking about before you open your mouth

  12. Roy says:

    Too bad he din’t kill him.That would be one less criminal to house and feed for the next 10 years!

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