WINTER PARK, Fla. – A woman was shot and critically injured and her 15-year-old son was struck in the head during a break-in early Friday at a Seminole County home near Winter Park, deputies said.
“It was very, very quiet and I wouldn’t have even known this was going on,” John Rushton, a neighbor said.
The shooting happened around 12:38 a.m. in the 3000 block of Bennington Court near Lake Howell.
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The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the home and found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound. Her teenage son and two 5-year-old boys were also at the home, deputies said.
The woman was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition, according to deputies.
“My wife is going to be very, very upset,” Rushton said. “We’ve been here for 15 years. A very quiet neighborhood and I’m a retired firefighter and it’s peaceful. It’s going to upset us very badly, because this is a very quiet street.”
According to the 15-year-old, three intruders entered the home through a side window and hit him in the back of the head before shooting his mother. The culprits then fled and have not been located, sheriff’s officials said.
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Deputies say as many as three suspects broke into a home and shot a mother while her kids were nearby.
The mom is in critical condition, but stable at the hospital.
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The teen suffered minor injuries, deputies said. The other boys were not injured.
Sheriff’s officials said the shooting was not a random act.
No other details have been released.
An investigation is ongoing.