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Elderly man shoots teen intruder at his home

A teen is in the hospital Monday after a shooting at a home in El Cajon.
Elderly man shoots teen intruder at his home

EL CAJON (CNS) - An investigation was under way Tuesday in El Cajon, where a 75-year-old man shot and wounded a teenage boy who had broken into the man's home, police said.

The shooting in the 700 block of Terra Lane was reported around 11 a.m. Monday, according to El Cajon police.

The man heard a noise coming from a back bedroom and armed himself with a handgun as he relayed information to a police dispatcher, Lt. Mark Coit said in a statement.

As the prowler came out of the bedroom, a physical struggle allegedly ensued between him and the man. The struggle ended when the man fired two rounds from his handgun, striking the suspect once in the leg and prompting him to flee to a bathroom in the home, Coit said.

The suspect holed up in the bathroom until police arrived and took him into custody. Coit said paramedics took both the teen and the man to a local hospital to treat the gunshot wound and injuries the man sustained as a result of the struggle.