Pct. 4: Homeowner shoots 2 women caught breaking into Atascocita home

By Anoushah Rasta - Anchor/Reporter , Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - A homeowner shot two women who were breaking into his Atascocita home Wednesday afternoon, deputies said.

"You never really think of anything like this happening in broad daylight when everyone can see you, everyone knows you're doing something suspicious," said Brittani Garza.

But that didn't seem to stop two women who broke into her neighbor's house Wednesday afternoon. Precinct 4 constables say the intruders pulled up to a house in the 8700 block of Rolling Rapids in a stolen vehicle at around 1 p.m.

"They knocked on the door several times. There was no answer and at that time they obviously didn't think anyone was there and they broke a window and gained entry," said Walter Stensland with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

But they didn't get very far. After the two made it through the doorway, the homeowner -- a 60-year-old man alone inside -- shot them once each in the chest.

"One was still inside the house and the other and the other one had fled outside the house and collapsed in the yard across the street," Stensland said.

"I've lived here almost 10 years and nothing has happened like this. It has been perfect, like nothing, you never hear anything," said Garza.

The intruders were airlifted from a soccer field of a nearby school to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.

The incident has left neighbors feeling uneasy.

"It's a couple houses down and my aunt lives right across the street from where that happened so of course it's like really scary now, like I don't even want to stay home alone," said Garza.

The car the women were driving was stolen, deputies said.

The two women underwent surgery in the hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

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