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Homeowner Shoots Suspect in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Two teenagers who broke into a North Las Vegas home Monday morning made a big mistake. The homeowner was home and he shot one of them.

The teen is recovering after being shot in the shoulder, and police are still looking for the other suspect. Both broke into the backdoor of a home at the 6500 block of McCarran Street, near Losee Road and Deer Springs Way, in broad daylight.

According to North Las Vegas police officer Chrissie Coon, the two had no idea the homeowner would be home and armed.

"He was at home, heard a loud noise downstairs, confronted the subjects in his home as they were approaching the upstairs," said Officer Coon.

Coon says the homeowner shot one round at the suspects, both ran away. Minutes later, police received a 911 call from a woman who claims her son was shot in the arm.

Coon will not confirm whether the two incidents are linked, but says it is likely because the wounded teen's home is only a few blocks from where the home invasion occurred.

Tawanda Roddy is the niece of the 40-year-old homeowner who shot the teen. She says both her and her uncle bought guns for fear of their home would be broken into, and that's exactly what happened.

"We need to get back to more type of structures where people can feel safe in their own homes. I would hate to have to shoot somebody for coming in my house, but if that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do," she said.

The homeowner and the teen are being questioned by police. Coon believes neither of them knew each other.

Police say it's common for criminals to break into homes during the day. Many crooks believe at that time the homeowner is usually at work.