delawareonline ¦ The News Journal, Wilmington, Del. ¦ Man shot in home invasion south of Hartly
Good for the homeowner.A 29-year-old man was shot in the leg during a home invasion early Monday south of Hartly, state police said.
The victim was not seriously injured and refused to be taken to the hospital, state police spokesman Cpl. John W. Barnett Jr. said.
According to investigators, two or three men entered the home in the 3000 block of Hourglass Road by an unsecured ground-floor door about 2 a.m.
When the intruders were confronted by the homeowner, one of the intruders fired a gun at him.
The homeowner returned fire at the suspects using a handgun, Barnett said.
After several shots were fired, the intruders fled without taking anything.
The homeowner was struck once in the left leg, Barnett said. The gunshot wound was minor and he was treated at the scene.
A 22-year-old woman and two children, ages 2 and 11, were also home during the incident. They were not injured.
The 3000 block of Hourglass Road is about a half-mile off Del. 8 and about 10 miles west of Dover. Only three houses are in the 3000 block of Hourglass Road, and, as is typical of western Kent County's agricultural flatlands, all occupy big lots and are set back far from the road.
Nobody responded to a knock on the door at one of the houses, but two young people came out of a second house to say they had heard about the shooting but didn't know anything about it.
A third house, partly obscured by trees, sat about 100 yards off Hourglass Road and was rendered inaccessible by a locked gate and ditches full of murky water.
The investigation is ongoing and state police major crimes detectives are asking that anyone with information call Detective Kevin McKay at 697-4456 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Online tip submissions can be made at Delaware Crime Stoppers.