By Hannah Leone
A 78-year-old man shot one of three strangers who were trying to break into his Northwest Side home using a crowbar Monday night, police said.
The man heard noises made by three male suspects who were trying to break through his front door shortly after 9 p.m. in the 2600 block of North Merrimac Avenue in the Belmont Central neighborhood, police said.
When the homeowner opened the door, he was faced with the three suspects, and saw one of them trying to break his screen door with the crowbar, police said.
The man fired a gun through the screen door, apparently hitting one of the suspects who limped away from the home, police said.
The other two suspects got into a red Dodge Caravan and left, police said.
No arrests had been made, and police said they had not identified the man who the homeowner shot.
The homeowner has a valid FOID card and is not currently facing any criminal charges, a police source said.