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One shot in Beaumont home invasion

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Beaumont police are still investigating a home invasion from Wednesday night where the homeowners fought back after a man forced his way into their home.

Beaumont police say around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday a man knocked on the door of an apartment in the 4600 block of Hartel Street.  When a 17-year-old girl answered the door the man pushed his way inside.

Police say the 23-year-old intruder had a handgun and demanded money from the seven people inside the home.

"It could've been me, it could've been my neighbor, and it's kind of scary," said Diego Snyder who lives across.

But the seven people in the home turned the tables on the man attacking him and wrestling him to the ground.

Police say during the scuffle the gun was fired and the woman was shot in the shoulder. Then the six men continued to fight with the intruder until the police came.

Neighbors now hope for more patrols of the area with something like this happening just a block away from the Lamar University campus.

"And there's a middle school around here too so there should be a lot more surveillance going on because there's a lot of innocent civilians just coming here to get an education."

Beaumont police are still trying to find out if there is a reason the intruder chose that particular house and while they say home invasions are rare, there is usually an objective behind the attack.

"Typically with home invasion robberies what we find is that the overwhelming majority of them are drug related," said Sergeant Rob Flores with the Beaumont Police Department.

Sergeant Flores says there is evidence in the room that's leading the police to believe there is more to the story than what the witnesses have said and they intend to get to the bottom of it.

The shooting victim and the intruder were taken to the hospital.

The 17-year-old who was shot in the shoulder was treated and released for her minor injury.

Doctors admitted the intruder into the ER for a head trauma.

The Beaumont man may face aggravated robbery and aggravated assault charges.

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