A man is is in stable condition after he was shot when he broke into a Denbigh-area home Wednesday night, an official said.
Officers were called to the 100 block of Grace Drive just after 10:30 p.m. to a report of a burglary at the home, Newport News police spokeswoman Holly McPherson said in an email.
While officers were on their way to the residence, they learned that someone had been shot, according to the Daily Press.
Police believe the 25-year-old man broke a window to get in the home where the mother and her toddler daughter were inside. At some point the 31-year-old mother shot the man, McPherson said.
The mom and the child were not injured, but the man was taken to the hospital with injuries that were initially life-threatening, according to McPherson.
By Thursday afternoon, the man was listed in stable condition, McPherson said.
The woman told police she did not know the man, and the motive for the burglary is under investigation McPherson said.
The case will be reviewed by the commonwealth’s attorney to determine if any charges will be filed, she said.
Neighbor, James Cantrell, said he did not hear anything when the shooting happened, but saw the police cars when he woke up about 2:30 a.m.
Cantrell, 57, said he’s lived in the neighborhood for about 22 years, and he described it as “quiet.”
Grace Drive is a cul-de-sac with single-family homes at the end of Dora Drive.
Cantrell said he’s concerned that he’s heard about an increase in break-ins in his neighborhood over the last couple of years and more violent crimes across the Peninsula.
“Things have changed,” he said.
“I’m just glad the lady and her daughter are OK,” he said.
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