PANORAMA CITY (CBSLA) – Several masked men armed with rifles, handguns and a stun gun burst into a Panorama City home early Thursday morning, robbed it, attacked the family who lives there and then fled as one of the residents grabbed a gun and opened fire on them.
A little after 2 a.m., six suspects broke into a home in the 8000 block of Broadleaf Avenue. Police confirm there were 11 family members inside the house — five adults and six children, including an infant. The children, including the newborn, were asleep inside at the time, and a group of men were watching TV in the back of the house, one of the family members told CBS2.
The family was held at gunpoint and some were even beaten. One resident was hit with a stun gun and family members was held down to the floor.
The suspects stole a safe before fleeing. While they were running away, one of the family members grabbed his gun and fired at the robbers. One round struck the window of an RV and another hit a metal fence. None of the gunfire struck any of the suspects, who took off in different directions.
The family believes they were targeted because they are in the jewelry business, the victim told CBS2. However, police say that the jewelry business is not the reason because the family got out of the jewelry business almost 40 years ago.
“The victims aren’t being completely truthful in the investigation,” LAPD Lt. Joe Kalyn told KCAL9/CBS2’s Dave Lopez.
Police said the family members would not tell them how six intruders could get into their home where there are two barking dogs outside.
None of the family members were seriously injured in the break-in.
There was no immediate description of the suspects. Los Angeles police are investigating.