14-Year-Old AZ Boy Shoots Home Invader

12:49 PM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
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PHOENIX, AZ - The condition of a home-invasion suspect shot by a 14-year-old has been upgraded from critical to being able to survive his injuries, according to Phoenix police.

Phoenix police spokesman Officer James Holmes said there is no connection between the suspects and the teenager's family.

The 14-year-old was at his Laveen home near 55th and Minton Avenues at about 4:30 p.m. Friday with his three siblings ranging in age from 8 to 12 years, when a woman rang the doorbell. The teenager did not recognize the woman and did not open the door but soon after he took his siblings upstairs when he heard a loud bang on the door.

He then got a handgun which he ended up using to shoot the intruder after the latter aimed a gun at him, police said.

The teenager then called his parents and took his siblings along to a neighbor's house.

Police found the intruder wounded in the doorway. He was initially reported to be in extremely critical condition but police said Saturday he should survive the injuries and could be released from a hospital in about one week.

The name of the suspect, who is 37, will not be released until he's booked into jail, Holmes said.

Holmes said the whereabouts of the woman are unknown. "We have no clue who she is; we don't even have a real good description of her," Holmes said.

The victim's family is not speaking to the media at this time. "As you can imagine they are scared," Holmes said.

KPNX, azcentral.com

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