SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Three masked men, two of them armed, barged into a home near San Diego State University, then assaulted and robbed a 25-year-old resident, police said Wednesday.
The trio entered the home on Mary Lane Drive near 55th Street through an unlocked door shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers reported the suspects broke in through the front door not once, but twice.
The first time, they were not wearing masks and demanded to see someone who didn't live at the home in the 5600 block of Mary Lane Drive. Then they returned wearing Halloween masks, including a Scream mask, court jester mask and Mardi Gras mask. Officers said they were armed with a shotgun and a handgun.
One of the residents got into a physical fight with a suspect whose shotgun went off, just missing the victim's leg and entering the floor, while the house was being ransacked. During the invasion, the other victims were ordered to stay on the ground.
CBS News 8 spoke to one one of the neighbors who said he heard a gunshot.
"Me and my roommate were in our room watching TV and all of a sudden we heard a loud bang. Next thing, a bunch of cop cars start rolling up," said SDSU student Nick Mikulich.
When the suspects ran out of the house, police say they pulled off their masks. Two students got a glimpse of them and told police they were three black males, last seen driving eastbound on Mary Lane Drive in a dark colored SUV.
All three were described as black men wearing Halloween masks and red or black hooded sweatshirts. Two were about 5 feet 10 and the third was about 6 feet 2, according to police.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the San Diego Police Department.
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