One burglar was killed and another hospitalized after a 77-year-old homeowner shot at them at a home in southwest Miami-Dade Monday, officials said.
The shooting happened in the 27000 block of southwest 89th Avenue in Redland, Miami-Dade Police said.
According to police, the burglars had entered the house and shots were fired around 1 p.m.
One burglar was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene. The other burglar was also shot in the chest and was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital where he was in critical condition.
The homeowner wasn't injured. A gun was recovered at the home.
Another family is dealing with the death of a loved one. A loved one police say spent his last moments living like a criminal.
"I don't even know who the person was, they just told me my brother got shot and that's why I am here," said Shanay Hall.
Neighbors said they have been complaining about a handful of recent burglaries in the area.
"You know what, I think it's good because I'm tired of this. We are not here to you know to kill people, but if you go to my house, I have two kids and if you go to my house, be careful," Olga Dahl said.
"It's unexpected, I would never think this would happen... some guy come rob this guy's house and he died," added Jean Perez. "I have a feeling this might be the last one because we need to catch the guy, and now somebody died and one injured? I have a feeling this is going to be the last one we have."
Officials said the shooting remains under investigation. There have been no arrests so far. The homeowner is cooperating and this could end up being a case of "stand your ground."
At last check, the other alleged burglar was in stable condition at the hospital.