POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 6:05pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:02pm
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A double home invasion last night leads to a double shooting that the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating.
It happened last night at approximately 7:30 p.m. located west of South Jackson Road on Whalen Road, just south of McAllen.
There are two homes located on the property, and the owners of the houses are brothers.
According to the preliminary investigation, six to seven people wearing masks stormed the house closest to the street. The suspects were armed with rifles and allegedly looking for drugs and money.
The intruders then moved to the second house located in the back of the property. That's where officials say one of the residents fought back.
"There was a struggle, the resident took the shotgun away from the bandit after the struggle, and he was able to shoot him one time," said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño. "And a second person attempts to walk up the stairs and he gets shot."
The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time, but he is reportedly a 19-year-old male from Cameron County. The second person who was shot is also said to be a 19-year-old male from Cameron County.
Officials report that a man is in critical condition at a San Antonio hospital, but it is not confirmed if he is the second person who was shot during the home invasion.
"We cannot definitely say at this point that person that was taken into the hospital shot one time in the neck is the same one that was shot here," Sheriff Treviño explained. "We believe that he is, and that's the premise of our investigation."
The resident who allegedly shot both suspects is not being charged at this time. Authorities are still investigating, but believe that Castle Law will stand in this case.
"The castle law I think is very clear in this," Treviño. "You stand your ground, you're met with deadly force in your residence, and you can respond in kind, which is exactly what we believe happened in this case."
McAllen police say they found a car they think belongs to a suspect; they're waiting on forensic analysis to confirm if it's linked to this home invasion.