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Charlotte mother who shot at burglars while breastfeeding her son tearfully thanks supporters during recovery

Shoot first, breastfeed later.

A Charlotte mother who fended off two home intruders while she was breastfeeding her son tearfully thanked her supporters on Wednesday.

More than 1,400 people had raised $58,775 to help Semantha Bunce, a National Guard combat medic, recover from her gun wounds on GoFundMe. People also showed support in ways beyond financial help, Bunce said.

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“This entire situation has impacted my ability to feed my son as far as breast milk,” the 21-year-old told WSOC. “I’ve had women reach out to me and offer to donate breast milk to us so he didn’t have to suffer.”

The two burglars kicked in her door on Nov. 3, and shot Bunce twice, police said. The ambush happened as she was feeding her newborn son. She was able to grab a gun and fire back at the two, scaring the would-be thieves off.

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“I think it was a shock to the intruders just as much as it was to her,” Paul Bunce, her husband, told local stations.

He said her training in the National Guard prepared her for this terrifying home shootout.

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Police said one of the gunmen, Reco Latur Dawkins Jr. turned himself in on Sunday morning, and was charged with attempted murder, felony breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering. He is being held on a $1 million bail.

Cops are still searching for the other shooter.