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Child forced into closet in Nashville home invasion

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Shannon Birdsong & Lorenzo Vaughn (Photos from Metro PD) Shannon Birdsong & Lorenzo Vaughn (Photos from Metro PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A young boy who survived a frightening ordeal at his north Nashville home Wednesday said staying calm made all the difference.

Karsten Boomershine, 10, was home with this mother and siblings when he answered a knock at the door on Ryan Allen Circle.

"I asked my mom if it was OK to answer. She said, 'Yeah, its probably just a neighbor who wants to borrow something,'" Karsten said.

Three men wearing masks and carrying a gun then forced their way inside and shoved the boy into a closet as they robbed the house.

"Then he pulled the gun on me, and I couldn't move at all. I was just really scared," Karsten Boomershine said. "I was thinking, 'Is this really what's happening? Is this real?'"

Karsten has a quiet, calm demeanor, and somehow he stayed that way even as his life was being threatened.

"I didn't say anything. I was just quiet. I didn't know what to do. I just obeyed. I didn't want them to shoot me, so I just did what they said," Karsten said.

With the young boy locked in a closet, the robbers quickly looked around the home, trying to grab a TV and taking an iPod before running outside.

A neighbor was able to see the thieves' getaway vehicle, and police quickly tracked down the three suspects plus a fourth young man driving them.

Karsten's father, who is a headmaster at a local Christian school, said he isn't angry about what happened.

"We have a lot of sympathy for these guys. They are out thieving and whatever other activity they're involved in, and that's not what they were made for," father Ryan Boomershine said.

"I'm just glad they're caught, and I hope that they repent for what they did and hope they can live better lives," Karsten said.

Police identified the suspects as DeAngelo Spears, 15; Michael Kelly 17; Shannon Birdsong, 18; and Lorenzo Vaughn, 20.

Investigators said the four admitted they broke into the home but said they got the wrong house and had intended to break in somewhere else.

Each faces one count of aggravated robbery.

Birdsong and Vaughn were jailed on $150,000 bond each, while Kelly and Spears were lodged in juvenile detention.

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