Last Monday night a homeless crack addict tried to break into my apartment, intending to murder me. I am a 32 year old woman, I live alone and I need to be able to protect myself. My friends and family are unable to help me with advice on guns, as no one I know has one. I need guidance to choose a first shotgun that is easy to operate for a beginner, so I have protection in my house right away, and secondly to choose a small firearm for purchase after I pass the background check. I live in Los Angeles, CA and I have heard that you can get a shotgun without a waiting period. I need to take this situation back into my own hands, the police, although they saved my life, took about 20 minutes to apprehend this person and I am afraid that he will come back because they were unable to arrest him since he was caught two houses away and there was no proof at the time that it was him. Now I have security footage of the entire crime but since he was homeless the cops say there isn’t much chance of an arrest. I need to be able to be my own first responder and I don’t know where else to turn, so I came here. Please help me, any advice on which shotgun I should buy as my first gun, is appreciated, thank you!