NASCAR team owner and Hall of Fame member Richard Childress fired gunshots at three individuals who attempted to break into his home late Sunday evening.
The Davidson County Sherriff’s Office told WXII (Winston-Salem) that the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. ET. The individuals fled Childress’ home in the Reedy Creek area after Childress armed himself with a handgun to investigate a crash heard on the lower level of his house.
Law enforcement officials are still searching for the suspects; surveillance video shows the faces of the intruders were covered. They broke in by smashing a window next to a doorknob and in doing so, activated an alarm. The three individuals appeared to be carrying firearms.
There was no indication any of the suspects were injured and officials say nothing was taken from the Childress home. Evidence has been collected for DNA.
According to the sheriff, Childress said he felt “the only reason he and his wife [Judy] were here today was because of God and the Second Amendment.”
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the suspects. And Childress is not expected to face legal action for firing the shots as the North Carolina Castle Doctrine states a person has the right to defend themselves against unlawful and forced entry.
Richard Childress Racing says it does not have any additional information or statement to offer on the matter.