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78-Year-Old Shoots Man Trying To Break Into His Northwest Side Home

The homeowner, who fired through his screen door, has a valid FOID and wasn't charged, police said.

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CHICAGO — A 78-year-old man who caught three men breaking into his Belmont Cragin home shot one of them Monday night, police said.

At 9:04 p.m., the man heard a noise at his home in the 2600 block of North Merrimac Avenue and opened his front door, police said.

He saw three men there, and one of them was trying to break open the man’s screen door using a crowbar.

The 78-year-old fired shots through the screen door, hitting one of the men, police said. The wounded man limped away and the other two men got into a red Dodge Caravan and drove off. They didn’t get inside the home or steal any property.

The man who was shot has not been identified or taken into custody and there was no other information about his wound.

The 78-year-old, who was not wounded, has a valid FOID and has not been charged.