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Hunt Continues For Home Invasion Suspects Who Shot Elderly Woman In Beverly Hills

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BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com)  —  The hunt for three masked suspects who shot an elderly woman in Beverly Hills Friday continued throughout the day, authorities said.

CBS2’s Art Barron spoke to one man who works just a few blocks from the home located in the 400 block of Doheny Road in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills.

“It’s kind of scary, a little odd that this is where people would pick [for a home invasion],” said Jason Dark. “but there is a lot of money here.”

He also said the area has a heavy police presence.

“It’s kind of a hard place to rob people, it’s kind of locked in,” Dark said.

Last night around 8:30 p.m. an elderly couple in the mid 70’s answered their front door. They told police that three men barged in. One of the men had a handgun.

Friends identified the couple who live in the home as as Samuel and Diana Hirt. Both were tied up. Police say Diana was shot in the leg. He injury is non-life threatening, authorities said.

Both Hirts were taken to the hospital, Samuel — taken just as a precautionary measure. He was discharged today from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

A notice was seen on their front door today. It read, “Sorry for the incovenience but our prayer service group is cancelled for today.”

Barron caught up with the prayer group three blocks away.

It’s a Jewish congregation and the group’s rabbi said he couldn’t go on camera until sundown because Saturday is the Sabbath.

Off-camera, the rabbi told Barron that he and other members of the congregation had been at the victim’s house for a prayer service and left just a half hour before the Hirts were robbed.

The three masked men fled and headed east on Doheny.

Police told Barron they are checking security video for any leads.

CBS2’s Bobby Kaple picked up the story Saturday evening.

He spoke to people who were in the home about a half an hour before the robbery/invasion took place.

“I heard the shots earlier,” said Joseph Levy, “and I didn’t know what happened. I just thought it might be a loud bang.”

A friend of the Hirts, he said “They’re a very nice family. They always invite people on Fridays and Saturdays to have dinner at their home. Anyone who comes from out of town, they invite them to their home.”

 

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