Gunmen storm home, kill dog
Video captures men entering Orange County house
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County deputies are searching for two armed home invaders who held a family hostage and shot their dog.
Deputies armed with assault rifles and K-9s combed the Vista Palma Way neighborhood after the attack. Despite a massive manhunt, deputies said they need the public's help catching the intruders.
The gunmen were caught on home security cameras knocking on the door, then pulling guns and barging past a 12-year-old girl who answered.
Once inside, detectives said the men held a mother and her two daughters, aged 12 and 18, hostage while making demands.
Investigators said the father was outside with the family dog, and when he heard screaming, he opened the back door. The dog charged at the suspects, who shot and killed the pit bull mix, investigators said. They were inside the home less than a minute and a half before they ran off.
"Just by their actions in the house, they're very violent," said Detective Scott Bruinsma with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "They're not afraid to use their guns."
No one was hurt, but the family was visibly shaken from the ordeal.
Frightened neighbors don't know what to think.
"I really am not going to sleep tonight to be honest with you. I feel very insecure right now with what is happening," said Elvira Delarosa, who looked out her window to see deputies with guns searching in her yard. "I feel scared. Not only for me, for the safety of the children, and myself."
Detectives won't say whether the family was targeted, but on the video, the men were seen with their car parked directly in front of the house. It remains unclear what they were after, whether they left with anything, and why they left.
"The type of property they were after, I can't go into that right now because of the investigation, but they're there for a specific purpose," Bruinsma said.
Deputies are still trying to figure out what type of car they were driving.
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