Two people wounded during South Side home invasion

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Police are sorting out the details behind a home invasion that sent two people to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

A 20-year-old East Florida Avenue man was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for wounds to his arm caused by a shotgun. Shortly after his arrival, a 16-year-old boy was brought in for treatment of his biceps from a shotgun blast.

According to police, the East Florida Avenue man was home with his family and girlfriend just after 10 p.m. Tuesday when he heard a knock at the door. The man answered the door and was greeted by a young male waving a shotgun.

The armed man was accompanied by two other men and a woman.

The resident grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and began grappling with the intruder. He managed to wrest the gun away from the man and toss it across his living room, but was then attacked by the other three unarmed intruders.

The resident told police he continued fighting with the four assailants and realized one of the men had retrieved the shotgun. He said he tried to grab for the shotgun again but heard a loud pop, and then one of the assailants screamed.

The four ran from the house taking the shotgun with them.

The resident realized he had been shot in the arm by the apparent discharge from the shotgun. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

Police still were investigating the home invasion when they were alerted to a juvenile two streets away claiming to have been shot by an unidentified person with a shotgun for no reason as he walked in the 700 block of East Boston Avenue.

The teen was taken to the hospital but placed under arrest after police noted that he told a nurse at St. Elizabeth that he was injured while taking part in a burglary.

Police collected two hats and a glove left at the scene on East Florida. The mate to the glove was found in the 700 block of East Boston, where the injured teen said he was walking and attacked.

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