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Man shoots granddaughter, mistaken for intruder

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Rochester teenager remains in critical condition after she was shot in the neck accidentally by her own grandfather.

It was shortly before 11:00 PM when a 62-year-old man thought he heard someone breaking into his home. He grabbed a handgun and told his wife to call police.

We're told he fired one shot in the direction of who he thought was a burglar and missed. He then fired a second shot and that struck the person in the neck. When he turned on the lights, he discovered he'd mistakenly shot his 16-year-old granddaughter.

She was taken to Saint Marys Hospital and at last check was in surgery. No arrests have been made.

Police say the grandparents are being cooperative and are extremely shaken. The investigation is still ongoing and officials are waiting to speak with the granddaughter.

She is listed in critical condition but officers are hopeful that she will pull through.


ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - Rochester police say a grandfather shot and critically wounded his teenage granddaughter after mistaking her for an intruder.

Authorities say the man and his wife were asleep and awoke to a noise outside about 11 p.m. Monday. The man grabbed his handgun and told his wife to call police as he went to investigate.

Capt. Brian Winters says the grandfather saw a figure at the back door and fired at least two shots. The figure was actually the man's 16-year-old granddaughter, who he thought was inside the house. The teen had recently been living with her grandparents. She was hit once in the upper torso.

The Post-Bulletin reports the 61-year-old grandfather told police there had been a recent burglary at a nearby recreation center and that was on his mind when he went to investigate the noise.


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