11-year-old shoots gunmen during botched home invasion
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January 15, 2010 8:39 AM
PALMVIEW – An 11-year-old boy shot a man trying to break into his home early Friday during a home invasion north of the city.
Three men burst into the house on the 9400 block of Minnesota Road just before 12:30 a.m., Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies said.
Inside, the child and his mother hold themselves into the bedroom when the gunmen tried to force their way in. One of the men shot through the door striking the boy in the groin area.
The child, who was carrying a .22 caliber rifle, shot back, hitting one of the suspects in the neck. The men fled the scene shortly thereafter, investigators said.
Both the boy and the injured attacker remained hospitalized Friday afternoon. Authorities said the child was in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.
The suspected burglar was transferred to a San Antonio hospital under police guard.
Deputies have detained two other men believed to be involved in the attack.