The intruder came through the door, handgun in hand, and pointed it at the young man at the top of the stairs. My guess is that he saw the oldest boy herd his siblings up the stairs, and instead of fleeing the scene as he could have at that moment, made up his mind to corral or take out anyone who got in his way. It sounds to me like the woman was there to insure that the house was an easy mark, not necessarily that it was unoccupied.
Originally Posted by Jahshoewah3619
"...I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind... Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks," Thomas Jefferson