Man hospitalized after violent home invasion

Police searching for masked gunmen

By Lauren Scott , Gianna Caserta - Reporter

HOUSTON - A man is recovering in the hospital after getting shot in a violent home invasion in North Houston.

Police arrived at the home, located near the corner of Averill Street and Frawley Street, Saturday around midnight.

They discovered a 47-year-old man shot once in the abdomen.

According to police, four or five masked men busted in through the back door of the home and held the six men inside at gunpoint,.

The home invaders then forced the men to the floor and began making demands.  

Police say after a scuffle one of the gunmen shot the victim and another gunman shot the homeowner's bulldog in the face.

The homeowner then jumped out of the back window of the house.

The gunmen all fled before police arrived.

The victim was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital in serious but stable condition.

The dog is expected to live.

Police say after investigating they found a small marijuana grow operation in the attic.

Detectives believe the home invasion to be narcotics related.

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