Oxnard police were called to the north end of town late Monday morning after a resident told them someone was breaking into his home.
But before police could arrive about 11 a.m. at the home in the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the man had shot the prowlers, striking one of them multiple times.
When officers reached the house, located in a fashionable neighborhood east of Oxnard Boulevard and south of Gonzales Road, they found a 31-year-old man lying in the driveway with numerous gunshot wounds.
Police said the resident, whose name they did not release, told them he was home when he heard the doorbell ring. Police said he did not answer the door.
“A short time later, the resident heard noises on the side of his house,” police said.
When he looked out a window, police said the man saw two people in his backyard. Police said the intruders had bypassed a locked gate.
Police said the man told them he immediately called 911 “as he did not know the subjects.”
He also armed himself with a handgun and “waited for the police to arrive.”
The man told police he heard a door on the side of his garage being forced open, setting off an alarm.
Police said the man thought the alarm would scare the prowlers away.
Instead, the resident said they forced open a second locked door leading into the home. The man said the prowlers then ran toward him and he fired the handgun at them.
Both of the intruders turned and ran out of the house, the man told police.
The suspect found in the driveway was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard where he underwent surgery, police said.
He was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon.
Police said the second intruder, who reportedly had also been shot, was seen running from the neighborhood.
Police combed the neighborhood, but had not located the second intruder as of late Monday afternoon. The search for the second man included the use of a Ventura County Sheriff’s helicopter as well as search dogs. Port Hueneme police also participated in the search.
After the shooting report, three schools in the area were locked down: Brekke Elementary School, Frank Intermediate School and Pacifica High School.
The lockdown at Pacifica was lifted about 12:40 p.m., said Principal Bill Dabbs, and the ones at Brekke and Frank were lifted about 1 p.m.
“The students and teachers acted quickly,” Dabbs said. “I was pleased that no one panicked. Students do have cell phones, and we did get calls from parents, and we have been fielding those calls.”
Dabbs said parents will be receiving an automated call to inform them of the incident.
Neighbors said there had been a party Sunday evening at the home where the shooting occurred.
Some of the clothes belonging to the man found shot in front of the home remained on the driveway throughout the afternoon, including what appeared to be a pair of sneakers.
Anyone with information on the break-in or the location of the second intruder is asked to contact Oxnard Police Sgt. Jim Seitz at 385-7763.
— Star staff writers Adam Foxman and Marjorie Hernandez contributed to this report.