TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man shot two teenagers, one of them fatally, when the pair broke into a Florida home through a back patio door and tried to rob the man and his fiancée at gunpoint, authorities said.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the second teen is in critical condition after Saturday’s incident.
According to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
A man and his fiancee told deputies that two young men broke through the screen of their back patio and entered the home through an unlocked door. One of the alleged intruders had a gun and issued unspecified demands, according to a news release.
That’s when the male resident grabbed his gun and shot at the alleged intruders. The man had a legal firearm, officials said.
When authorities arrived they found two other teenagers in a nearby car. They stopped the car, and found that the two inside were also “likely” involved in the incident, the release said.
All four suspects are between the ages of 16 and 17. As of Sunday morning, none of the teens alleged to have been involved had been named by the sheriff’s office, and none had been charged.
Officials said neither the resident who shot the teens nor his fiancée were hurt. Their names haven’t been released.
Deputies do not believe the incident was a random event, according to officials.