An elderly homeowner in Atascocita, Texas, shot two female intruders Wednesday afternoon, leaving them both in critical condition.
The homeowner called 911 to complain that these women, who were described as “young adults,” were using rocks in an attempt to smash open a window near his front door.
While the man, believed to be in his 60s, waited for the police to arrive, he armed himself with a shotgun.
“They knocked on the door several times. There was no answer and at that time they obviously didn’t think anyone was there and they broke a window and gained entry,” Walter Stensland, with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, told Houston 2.
Unfortunately for the women, the police did not arrive in time. When they broke into the man’s home, he shot them both in the chest.
“One was still inside the house and the other one had fled outside the house and collapsed in the yard across the street,” Stensland said.
The women had recently stolen a car and had cased the neighborhood, knocking on several doors in the area before they settled on the man’s home, police said.
Following the shooting, the women were airlifted to a local hospital where they underwent surgery. They were said to be in critical condition.
Meanwhile, at least one neighbor supported the homeowner’s decision to fire on the intruders.
“You break into someone’s house, I believe you deserve to get shot,” neighbor Derenda Carr told KHOU. “Cops don’t get there in time; there’s no way they would’ve got there in time.”
Police questioned the homeowner and the case will now be turned over to a grand jury.