Two fire shots at would-be intruder in Pasadena

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

PASADENA, Texas - An intruder suspected of breaking into a Pasadena home was greeted with a hail of bullets Tuesday morning.

Although he has not been charged with a crime and remains in the hospital with three to four bullet wounds, Channel 2 has learned the man has a criminal history.

William J. Hazel, 43, of Pasadena, has multiple convictions for driving while intoxicated, assault and driving with an invalid license.

In a strange twist, Hazel was shot by two residents of a home on Lily Street near Rainwater Drive at about 6:30 a.m., Tuesday.

"The mother and the son fired the same weapon," Vance Mitchell, a representative for the Pasadena Police Department, said.

The mechanics of the gun's hand-off are part of the police investigation, but the residents have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

A grand jury will most likely take a closer at the matter, Mitchell said.

Hazel's truck was found near the scene, about a mile from his own home.

The motive behind the break-in was unclear Tuesday, but seven front windows were broken during the initial break-in according to police.

It did not appear Hazel knew the residents of the home, but Mitchell said a follow-up police investigation would provide more answers.

Hazel's condition was not clear, but police reported he was shot at least once in the face and twice in or around the buttocks.

"He's in the hospital probably wont be able to interview him for day or two till he wakes up," Mitchell said.

The homeowner of the residence where the shooting occurred declined an interview request, citing the pending legal matter.

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