RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA) – Police are searching for a man who shot and wounded a 71-year-old woman during a home invasion in Rancho Cucamonga early Saturday morning.
The incident occurred at around 4 a.m. in the 7100 block of San Carmela Court. The victim told Rancho Cucamonga police she was woken up by the sound of shattered glass and discovered a man in her home. He fired one shot at her, which struck her in the upper chest, then fled on foot.
Responding officers found the victim conscious, alert and breathing. She was rushed to a hospital and is in stable condition, police said.
A detective told CBS2’s Greg Mills that he was able to speak to the victim who gave him more information about the suspsct and the incident.
The suspect was described as black, 5-foot-8 with a thin build and a dark scarf over his face. No surveillance photos were released.
It’s unclear if any items were stolen.
Mills spoke to the victim’s neighbors.
“Out of all the houses they picked that particular one. She’s by herself, over 65, retired,” said Alex Montoya.
Authorities told Mills they believe the fact the woman was 71 and lives alone was why she was targeted,
“It’s very shocking,” said neighbor Becky Wanner, “You don’t usually hear about someone being shot. They may hurt you [in a home invasion] but not shoot you.”
Anyone with information on his identity should call police at (909) 477-2800.