An armed homeowner in an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood shot at a group of burglars who broke into his house on Monday, according to police. The incident took place in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Valley Village around 3 p.m. At least two suspects entered the home on Addison Street when they were confronted by the homeowner, who fired his semi-automatic handgun and hit one of the perpetrators twice.

The injured suspect, a 25-year-old man, was found inside the home while the homeowner, who was alone at the time, was also injured. The homeowner was taken to a local hospital, and the suspect was transported in critical condition. It is unclear if the suspects were armed during the attempted burglary.

LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz stated that the homeowner armed himself and fired at the burglars inside his home. The at-large suspect is described as an African American male in his early 20s. Police set up a perimeter in the neighborhood to search for the remaining suspect, urging residents to stay indoors.

Muniz highlighted the increase in burglaries across Los Angeles and advised residents to know their neighbors, be aware of their surroundings, and secure their windows to prevent such incidents. She emphasized the importance of taking preventative measures, especially as the weather gets warmer and leaving windows open can attract burglars.

This incident follows a similar one in April when a homeowner in Newport Beach, California, shot a burglar inside a gated home. The police continue to investigate the attempted burglary in Valley Village as they search for the suspect still at large.

As incidents of burglaries rise in the city, law enforcement officials stress the importance of community awareness and taking steps to protect homes and properties. Homeowners are encouraged to stay vigilant, report any suspicious activities, and take necessary precautions to safeguard their homes from potential intruders. It is crucial to work together as a community to ensure safety and security for all residents.